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Richard Millington

Helen and Laura Shedd Professor Emeritus of English Language & Literature

Richard Millington


138 Elm Street #6


Richard Millington teaches courses in American literature, with a focus on writers of the 19th century and on 20th-century multiethnic literature. He has written on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Willa Cather and Alfred Hitchcock; his current projects explore the emergence of a distinctive conception of leisure in 19th-century American literature, the nature of Willa Cather's distinctive modernism and the short stories of Junot Diaz.

As the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Millington has twice taught weeklong courses in American literature at universities in Chile.

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Practicing Romance: Narrative Form and Cultural Engagement in Hawthorne's Fiction (Princeton University Press, 1992)

Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century (Cather Studies 10, 2015) (co-editor)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance: A Norton Critical Edition, 2011 (editor)

The Cambridge Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 2004 (editor)

Hitchcock's America, 1999 (co-editor)

Articles and Book Chapters

“An Elegy for the Reader: Europe and the Narrative of Self-formation in Lucy Gayheart” (2015)

“Willa Cather’s American Modernism” (2005)

“Where is Hawthorne’s Rome? The Marble Faun and the Cultural Space of Middle-Class Leisure” (2002)

“Where is Cather’s Quebec? Anthropological Modernism in Shadows on the Rock” (1999)

“Hitchcock and American Character: The Comedy of Self-construction in North by Northwest” (1999)

“Willa Cather and ‘The Storyteller’: Hostility to the Novel in My Antonia” (1994)

Office Hours

Spring 2023
Monday 3:00-4:30, Thursday 4:15-5:30, and by appointment.


Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Yale University
A.B., Harvard College

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks