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Reading Inside Out

Interviews and Conversations by J. Hillis Miller

In the Series
Critical Voices

J. Hillis Miller is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of more than thirty books on various topics in literature and literary theory, including most recently, An Innocent Abroad and Thinking Literature Across Continents (with Ranjan Ghosh).

David Jonathan Y. Bayot is Associate Professor of Literature at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. He is general editor of the Critics in Conversation series, and the Critical Voices series, published in association with Sussex Academic Press.

“Literature has no greater champion than J. Hillis Miller: throughout his long career he has engaged with literary works in all genres from many periods, always with an eye to what makes them both challenging and rewarding, and in doing so he has drawn on the best of the theoretical movements of the past half-century. But his literary studies are only part of a wider concern with the values of institutions and of society more broadly. Covering all these aspects of Miller’s achievements, this excellent collection of interviews shows him at his searching, wise, and readable best.”
Derek Attridge, Professor of English, University of York; Fellow, British Academy

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-864-0
Hardback Price: £65.00 / $79.95
Release Date: December 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-865-7
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: December 2017
Page Extent / Format: 320 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Editor’s Preface by David Jonathan Y. Bayot
Introduction by J. Hillis Miller

Criticism in Society (1987)
Interview with Imre Salusinszky

Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and the Future of Critical Theory (1994)
Interview with Gary A. Olson

“Stay! Speak, Speak. I Charge Thee, Speak” (2002)
Interview with Fengzhen Wang and Shaobo Xie

The Degree Zero of Criticism (2004)
Interview with Julian Wolfreys

Why Literature? A Profession (2005)
Interview with Julian Wolfreys

Literary Studies in Contexts (2006)
Interview with Anfeng Sheng

On Literature and Ethics (2006)
Interview with Constanza del Río Álvaro and
Francisco Collado-Rodríguez

For the Reader to Come (2010)
Interview with Éamonn Dunne

“You See You Ask an Innocent Question and
You’ve Got a Long Answer” (2014)
Interview with Éamonn Dunne, Michael O’Rourke, Martin McQuillan, Graham Allen, Dragan Kujundžić, and Nicholas Royle

Isn’t It a Beautiful Day (2014)
Interview with Bradley J. Fest

A Critical Story So Far (2015)
Interview with Christopher D. Morris

Bibliography: J. Hillis Miller


This volume collects 11 previously published interviews with J. Hillis Miller from 1987 to 2015 by scholars and critics from China, the UK, and the US. They address his life and the development of his thought on literature, literary and cultural studies, and reading, including critical theory, ethics and literature, pedagogy, deconstruction, globalization, various writers, his works, and other topics.

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