Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean, Honors College
New Mexico State University
Department of English
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3E
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-2213 (English)
(575) 646-2051 (Honors College)
I joined the English Department at New Mexico State University as an Assistant Professor in 2002, shortly after completing my doctorate at Yale. My primary research interests lie in the poetry and drama of the English Renaissance, with an emphasis on the intersection between literature and contemporary politics. A commitment to situating poetry and plays within their historical contexts unites my dissertation on seventeenth-century chronicle plays and my Oxford master's thesis on Milton's closet drama Samson Agonistes. In my present research, I am particularly concerned to suggest how late seventeenth-century history plays contribute in guarded ways to ongoing debates about good governance, the rights of subjects and sovereigns, and the constitution of the emergent English nation. My interest in the influence of rising nationalism in the drama of the period has fostered a secondary interest in its construction of the "Englishman" and "Englishwoman" as autonomous bourgeois subjects.
Selected Courses Taught at NMSU
Graduate Seminar in Renaissance Drama (English 501)
Graduate Seminar in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (English 501)
Shakespeare I and Shakespeare II (English 4/508 and 4/509)
Renaissance Subjects: Self, Community, and Nation, 1500-1700 (English 4/521)
Early Modern Poetry and Prose (English 4/501)
The War of the Sexes: Restoration Comedy (English 4/521)
Shakespeare for Educators (English 4/523)
Shakespeare on Film (English 400)
Comedy and Satire (English 342)
Critical Writing (English 310)
Survey of English Literature I (English 271)
The Problem of Evil (English 211G)
The World of the Renaissance (Honors 220G)
Peer-reviewed Publications Appearing and Forthcoming in Print
T. Miller-Tomlinson, "John Crowne's The Misery of Civil War and the Restoration Crisis of 1679-82." 26 pages. Essays in Theatre/Ètudes théâtrales. Accepted for special issue on Shakespearean adaptation, November 2006.
T. Miller-Tomlinson, "Pathos and Politics in John Banks' Vertue Betray'd, or Anna Bullen (1682)." 29 pages. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 23, 1 (2008).
T. Miller-Tomlinson, "Dramatic Hybridities: Sex, Nation, and Genre in Cymbeline and Bonduca," Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture 1:1 (May, 2008): 20 pars. 7 May 2008 <http://appositions.blogspot.com/>.
T. Miller-Tomlinson, "Hybrid Gender, Hybrid Nation: Race, Sexuality, and the Making of National Identity in Fletcher's Bonduca." Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 46 (2007): 51-66.
T. Tomlinson, "The Restoration English History Plays of Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery." Studies in English Literature 43, 3 (2003): 559-77.
Shakespeare Association of America
Modern Language Association
Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Renaissance Society of America
I believe that the examined life requires the examination of words. We inhabit a textual culture no longer limited by the printed word but as boundless as the internet itself. I am gratified to find myself in a field that both encourages students to analyze the texts, cultures, and discourses that surround them, and gives them the critical tools with which to do so.