Nancy K. Miller / English and Comparative Literature

2011 – 2012

Project: What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past

Nancy K. Miller

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. She is the winner of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Bogliasco Foundation, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, NEH Senior Fellowships, and residency at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute. She is co-founder and co-editor of the Gender and Culture Series at Columbia University Press, and former co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly, which won the CELJ award for significant editorial achievement. Miller has written, edited or co-edited more than a dozen volumes, including Bequest and Betrayal: Memoirs of a Parent’s Death, But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People’s Lives, and several books on feminist criticism and women’s writing. For the last decade she has been writing about family memoir and biography, feminism and trauma. Her latest book What They Saved: Pieces of Jewish Past (2011) is the story of an intense, decade-long quest to solve the mystery of her father’s side of the family, unmet relatives who emigrated to the Lower East Side from Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. In 2011, Miller will also publish two co-edited volumes, Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory, and Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis.