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Curriculum Vitæ

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Zea Miller
mill1178@purdue.edu
 
EDUCATION
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Ph.D.
2017. English.
Primary Area: Theory and Cultural Studies.
Secondary Areas: Semantics and Semiotics.

Dissertation
"Becoming Science Fiction: The Purport of an Evolving Genre."
University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, Michigan
M.A.
2011. English Language and Literature.

B.A.
2006. French and International Studies.
American University of Paris
Paris, France
Studies Abroad
2004. International Relations.
2002. French.
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
Publications 2016. "The Free Slave Paradox." Semiotica (210): 57–74.

2015. "The Veneration of Violation in Sherlock." In Gender and the Modern Sherlock Holmes, edited by Nadine Farghaly, 208–222. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

2013. "Decriminalising the Lawless Moor." In Monstrous Spaces: The Other Frontier, edited by Niculae Gheran and Ken Monteith, 11–19. Witney, England: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Presentations 2016. "Recognizing Science Fiction: Towards a Cognitive Model." Münster, Germany: The Fantastic Now.

2016. "Being and Becoming Science Fiction: Tracing the Past and Freeing its Future." Rome, Italy: Deleuze Studies Conference.

2016. "Destructive Minds: The Neuroethics of Arthur C. Clarke." Hartford, Connecticut: NEMLA.

2015. "Assembling Science Fiction: Pregeneric Book without Chapters." Portland, Oregon: PAMLA.

2014. "Messages to the Stars: The Semiotic Rhetoric of Humanity." Penryn, England: Cosmographies.

2014. "Unobserved Space: George's Disencharactered Subjectivity in Clotel." Houston, Texas: In the Interstices; Liminal Spaces, Liminal Selves.

2013. "Structural Desire in a Limited World: Revealing the Marionette Strings of Detectives." Liberec, Czech Republic: Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction.

2012. "Decriminalising the Lawless Moor." Oxford, England: Monstrous Geographies.
APPOINTMENTS & COURSES TAUGHT
University of Tampa
Tampa, Florida
Adjunct Instructor
2017 – Present. English and Writing Department.
Writing and Inquiry (1)
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Teaching Assistant
2012 – 2017. English Department.
Introduction to Composition (10)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Center for Cognition and
Neuroethics

University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, Michigan
Project Manager
2011 – Present

Production Editor
2011 – Present
Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics
Compos Mentis: Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics

Conference Organizer & Special Issue Editor
2015. Special Issue on Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction. Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 3 (3).
GRANTS & AWARDS
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
English Department Excellence in Teaching Award
Fall 2016.

Purdue Research Foundation Grant
Summer 2016. $3,200.

College of Liberal Arts Promise Grant
Summer 2016. $1,100.

Quintilian Award for Excellence in Teaching
Fall 2014.

Quintilian Award for Excellence in Teaching
Spring 2014.

Dean's Award
Spring 2013. ICaP Writing Showcase: First Place, Instructor.

Quintilian Award for Excellence in Teaching
Fall 2012.
REFERENCES
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Arkady Plotnitsky
Distinguished Professor of English

Victor Raskin
Distinguished Professor of English

Jennifer Bay
Associate Professor of English

Myrdene Anderson
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, Michigan
Jami L. Anderson
Professor of Philosophy
 
 
 

Publication Abstracts

 
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. Semiotica 2016 (210): 5774.

To the extent that "runaway slave" and "free slave" express the same content, yet one is readily understood and the other is not, the difference exposes a cultural blindness to some of the outdated ways in which oppressive language still operates. This article processes the expression "runaway slave" through several semiotic models to examine its structural incoherence and then explores the ways in which it is paradoxically understood, even so, as functions of racist cognitive frames issuing from white investments in the language. By exposing how the expression presents interdisciplinary issues, the article thereby advances an argument against its unexamined use and proposes an alternative.

 
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. "The Veneration of Violation in Sherlock." In , edited by Nadine Farghaly, 208222. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

To the extent that Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are iconic characters who are predisposed not only to be protagonists but also to be successful in their pursuits, the audience inescapably forgives or likely forgets the ofttimes intolerable means and methods of the detectives. The success of the BBC series Sherlock can only testify to this aspect, in the face of the narrative's sheer masculinist agenda: the roles of women are degrading and their treatment equally so, which no amount of Adler's tokenism can discount. While the prevailing structural scholarship on detective narratives might address how such success is dependent upon smooth if formulaic social interaction, the movements of the antisocial Sherlock Holmes coupled with the relationship-challenged John Watson forcibly expose the degree in which they operate within a pervasive, patently masculine logocentricity. So much so, the questions we must ask tilt away from interrogating the altogether timeless social index in which iconic detectives operate to the particular one in which this series has been translated. Set in present day London, the masculinist narrative unobtrusively operates within a society with political and social approbation of chauvinism. Yet, if this is true, the limits of such a world must be interrogated to reveal the power protecting the operation. How poorly may Holmes and Watson now behave toward or with women and still be venerated by fans and aggrieved characters alike? What assumptions of impolitic gender roles can they parlay recognizably into schtick and stock indexicality without compromising the narrative? How disarmed must an audience be to forgive and forget egregious male trespass against, censure of, or silencing of the exertion of women's agency? In answering these questions, this chapter will examine the ways in which the primarily male characters of the series have interacted with women in their adventures, the ultimate result of which will question the very hero worship the series cultivates.

 
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. "Decriminalising the Lawless Moor." In , edited by Niculae Gheran and Ken Monteith, 1119. Witney, England: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

In The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) Doyle convincingly creates a monstrous atmosphere through the use of supernatural imagery, including the blood-chilling screeches of pastoral animals in their death throes, moonlit fog obscuring safe paths, bogs that tug at one's boots, a flaming-mouthed hellhound, and the claiming of a villain's body by the depths of the Grimpen Mire. These fantastic aspects not only intensify the mystery, but also add a supernaturalism and irrationality to the story, which serves as a contrast to the rational Sherlock Holmes, who passes through the moor unfazed and unharmed. The implication of evil issuing from the legends and superstition that the moorlands are a monstrous, murderous landscape serves to incriminate nature. Although nature in most literature is essentially constructed as indifferent to the affairs of mankind, this text clearly presents the moor actively securing deaths, thereby inspiring dread and inviting comparison to criminality. The issue of culpability, however, prompts us to consider whether nature's transgressions can be decriminalized under theories of justice, especially if nature is lawless. In this paper, I suggest the ways in which we might approach the exoneration of nature through rationality, and in so doing, move beyond the taxonomic ascription of 'otherness' to forms of nature considered supernatural—the result of which will disarm the notion of natural evil and thereby undermine the construction of natural monstrosity.