J. Hillis Miller is undoubtedly one of the most important literary critics of the past century. For well over five decades his work has been at the forefront of theoretical and philosophical thinking and writing. From his earliest work with Georges Poulet and the so-called Geneva School, which introduced a generation of North American critics to the concept of a phenomenological literary hermeneutic, to a deconstructive rhetorical philology and an ethically motivated textual analysis, Miller's readings have not only reflected major movements in literary theory, they have also created them. Surprisingly, Eamonn Dunne'sJ. Hillis Miller and the Possibilities of Reading is the first book devoted exlusively to examining Miller's work Dunne argues that an appreciation of Miller is crucial to an informed understanding about the radical changes occurring in critical thinking in the humanities in recent years. This book, the first of its kind, will be a vital and enabling avenue for further research into J. Hillis Miller's exemplary and prolific output.
"Wonderfully responsive, careful but by no means reverential discussion of some of Hillis' leading preoccupations and their lasting implications. The book is especially useful in its analysis of the ethics of reading, of various shades of irony, and, most generally, of what happens when we read and write about what we love." - James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California, USA. "A striking and enduring transcript of what goes right when critical penetration and devotion find inspiring philosophical paradigms, auratic cultural artifacts, and a cadre of brilliant co-equals in the collective programming of critical rigor." - Henry Sussman, Visiting Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, USA"