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Cristanne Miller

Professor Cristanne Miller

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Edward H. Butler Professor of English

Office: 439 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-2577
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nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American poetry, gender and language issues, comparative modernist poetry, the effects of the Civil War on U.S. poetry as a genre, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schüler, the cities of New York and Berlin between 1900 and 1930, and Civil War poetry.

Courses Taught


  • Lyric
  • Marianne Moore and Mina Loy
  • Emily Dickinson
  • American Poetry and Politics 1865-1914
  • Literary Editing


  • Whitman and Dickinson
  • Reading and Writing the Civil War
  • Modernist Poetry
  • Language and the Self
  • American Poetry and Politics 1865-1914

Works in Progress

  • "Emily Dickinson’s Poems": a new reader’s edition of Dickinson’s poems, arranged in the order of her fascicles and sets and otherwise shown precisely as she retained them—including variant words, revisions, and the clean and draft copies she did not collect into booklets. The edition will also contain light annotation, indicating both major quotation or allusion and information about which poems Dickinson also circulated, and to whom. Under contract with Harvard University Press.
  • "Poetry After Gettysburg": a book-length study of changes in the writing and theorizing of poetry after the American Civil War.

Selected Publications

Selected Books

  • Reading In Time: Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century. University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.
  • Cultures of Modernism: Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schüler. Gender and Literary Community in New York and Berlin. University of Michigan Press, 2005.
  • Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority. Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar. Harvard University Press, 1987. [Chapter reprinted in New Century Views of Emily Dickinson, ed. Judith Farr; Prentice-Hall, 1996.]

Selected Critical Editions

  • Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: "A right good salvo of barks". Edited with Linda Leavell and Robin G. Schulze. Bucknell University Press, 2005.
  • "Words for the Hour": A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry. Edited with Faith Barrett. University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.
  • The Emily Dickinson Handbook. Edited with Roland Hagenbüchle and Gudrun Grabher. University of Massachusetts Press, 1998; second printing 2004.
  • Selected Letters of Marianne Moore. Edited with Bonnie Costello and Celeste Goodridge. Knopf, 1997.
  • Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory. Edited with Lynn Keller. University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Recent Selected Essays

  • "Emily Dickinson's 'turbaned seas.'" Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Kerry Charles Larson. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 248-64.
  • "Omission and Aberration in Marianne Moore’s Poetry." Aberration in Modernist and Contemporary Poetry. Eds. Lucy Collins and Stephen Matterson. Mcfarland: December 2010.
  • "Religion, History, and Modernism’s Protest Against the 'uncompanionable drawl // Of certitude.'" Religion and Literature, Forum on the Future of Religion and Literary Studies. 41.2 (2010): 259-270.
  • "Drum-Taps—Revision and Reconciliation." Walt Whitman Quarterly 26.4 (Spring 2009): 171-96.