Tyrus Miller

TitleProfessor,
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
DivisionGraduate Studies Division,
Humanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department,
Graduate Studies Division,
Humanities Division
AffiliationsHistory of Consciousness Department
Phone831-459-5079 (Office)
Email
Web Site UCSC Division of Graduate Studies
OfficeCowell 112,
Kerr Hall, 2nd Floor
Office HoursBy appointment only, 459-5079
Campus Mail StopGraduate Application Processing
Mail1156 High Street, Kerr Hall
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Tyrus Miller

Research Interests

Modernist, avant-garde, and postmodernist literature; the interrelations of the arts in the 20th- and 21st- century; aesthetics; cinema and film theory; the Frankfurt School; philosophy and social theory; contemporary poetry and language arts; socialist and post-socialist culture and aesthetics.

Biography, Education and Training

Tyrus Miller earned his BA/MA in Humanities and MA in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University, and his PhD in English at Stanford. He taught in the departments of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University from 1995-1999, and came to UCSC as Associate Professor of Literature in 1999. He was director of the University of California's Study Center in Budapest, Hungary from 2001-2004 and was co-Provost of UCSC's founding college, Cowell College, from 2005-2009. He was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2007-09, and has been Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies since 2009 to the present.

Honors, Awards and Grants

CHCI / MELLON PLANNING GRANT. For planning Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training project, jointly with U Wisconsin Milwaukee, U of Giessen, UC Davis.



NEA AMERICAN MASTERS GRANT. For Paul Bowles Centennial Festival, February 2011, application jointly with Irene Herrmann. 2009.



TEAGLE FOUNDATION, “What is a Reader” project for “Big Questions and the Disciplines” Working Group Grants. Collaborative working group grant with UCSC UCB, Stanford University, and Mills College. 2009-2012.



IREX SHORT-TERM TRAVEL GRANT, for ethnographic research on social imaginaries and American / English studies in post-Rose Revolution Georgia. 2006.



AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN FULBRIGHT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, for research in Vienna and Budapest on Hungarian avant-gardes, 2004.



GLADYS KRIEBLE DELMAS FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH IN VENICE / VENETO, SPRING 2002, for research on Massimo Cacciari, Giorgio Agamben, and Central European modernism.



SAMUEL AND RONNIE HEYWOOD JUNIOR FACULTY PRIZE for OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES, YALE UNIVERSITY, 1998-1999.



FACULTY FELLOW, WHITNEY HUMANITIES CENTER, YALE UNIVERSITY, 1998-1999.



RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP, CENTER FOR CULTURAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ, 1997-1998.



MORSE FELLOWSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES, YALE UNIVERSITY, 1997-1998.



STANFORD UNIVERSITY POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ENGLISH, 1994-1995.



WHITING FELLOWSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES, 1993-1994.



FULBRIGHT STUDY GRANT AND TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP. Vienna, Austria.

1991-1992.

Selected Publications


  • BOOKS

  • Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in Twentieth-Century Theory, Literature, and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishers)

  • Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts between the World Wars (University of California Press)

  • Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern University Press)

  • Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context (Central European University Press)

  • ARTICLES IN PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS

  • "Social Change and Its Double: Reflections on Art, Cruelty, and Historical Violence," International Yearbook of Aesthetics 13 (2009): 100-118.

  • "Remembrance of Left Pasts," Twentieth-Century Literature 54/3 (2008): 396-400.

  • 2007 “Retroavantgarde: Aesthetic Revival and the Con/Figurations of 20th-Century Time”, Filozofski Vestnik 28/2 (2007), 253-265, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • 2006 "Ridiculously Modern Mardsen: Tragicomic Form and Queer Modernity," Modernist Cultures 2/2, 87-101

  • 2005 "Incomplete Modernities: Historicizing Yugoslavian Avant-Gardes," Modernism / Modernity 12 / 4, 713-722

  • 2003 “Rethinking Central Europe: The Symbolic Geography of the Avant-Garde”, Modernism / Modernity 10/3, pp. 559-567

  • CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  • "The Strings Are False: Pastoral and Social Reflexivity in 1930s British Poetry," in On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music, ed. Sara Crangle and Peter Nicholls. London: Continuum, 2010. 49-70.

  • "Wrong from the Start: Value, Print Economies, and the Emergence of Modernism," in Gregory F. Tague (ed.), Origins of English Literary Modernism, 1870-1914. Bethesda: Academica Press, 2009. 1-25.

  • 2007 "Glass before its time, premature iron": Architecture, Temporality, and Dream in Benjamin's Passagenwerk, Walter Benjamin's Passagenwerk, Athlone Press (UK) and Continuum Press (US), 240-258; 293-296 ed. Beatrice Hanssen and Andrew Benjamin

  • 2007 "Situation and Event: The Destinations of Sense," Ritual and Event: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Mark Franko, Routledge, London, 75-90

  • 2006 "1941, London Under the Blitz: Culture as Counter-History," The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 98-100eds. Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

  • 1998 "Mimesis, Mimicry, and Critical Theory in Exile: Walter Benjamin's Approach to the Collège de Sociologie," Exile, Borders, Diasporas, eds. Elazar Barkan and Marie-Denise Shelton, in "Cultural Sitings", Stanford University Press, Stanford, pp. 123-133


Selected Exhibitions


  • The Flowering (The Fourfold Sense), with Darren Waterston., San Francisco: Gallery 16, 2007. Print portfolio of thirteen prints and thirteen letterpress broadsides. Edition of 40. Exhibited 6 September-21 October 2007 at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of CoContemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. With Catalogue, 53 pages plus 11 color plates and 4 broadside pages. --Exhibited: 9 Junary-13 Febraury 2009, San Francisco: Gallery 16.

  • 2006 “Victory Over the Sun: El Lissitzky’s Graphic Portfolio”, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery (Annex), Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz. With captions for each displayed work and other curatorial text, along with DVD presentation of original language performance of the opera at UCSC in May 2006. [Curatorial] October 1, 2006 October 27, 2006.


Teaching Interests

Modernism

Frankfurt School theory

Marxist and socialist aesthetics and culture

Poetry and poetics

Individual authors: Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Wyndham Lewis

20th Century British and American poetry and fiction