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Naomi Miller

Professor of English Language & Literature

Naomi Miller


Seelye Hall 205


Naomi Miller teaches in the department of English as well as the Study of Women & Gender. Her teaching interests include Shakespeare, early modern women authors, lyric poetry of all periods and children’s literature. New courses that she has developed for the department include Shakespeare’s Sisters, Shakespeare’s Women/Women’s Shakespeares, and Adapting Literary Classics for Children. In 2016 she was awarded Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Selected Publications

In addition to academic articles for The Chronicle of Higher Education and scholarly journal articles, Miller has published a historical fiction novel, Imperfect Alchemist (2020), as well as multiple books about Renaissance women authors and the early modern world.

Authorizing Early Modern European Women (2021)

Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods (2019)

Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England (2015)

Re-Reading Mary Wroth (2015)

Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood (2011)

Sibling Relations and Gender in the Early Modern World (2006)

Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young Adults (2003)

Maternal Measures: Caregiving in the Early Modern Period (2000)

Changing the Subject: Mary Wroth and Figurations of Gender in Early Modern England (1997)

Reading Mary Wroth (1991)

Imperfect Alchemist (2020) launches a historical fiction series about Renaissance women authors called Shakespeare’s Sisters. See

Office Hours

Spring 2024

Wednesday 1-2:30 p.m. 
and by appointment


Ph.D., A.M., Harvard University
A.B., Princeton University

Author website
Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks