Russell M. Hillier


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Ruane Center for the Humanities LL15


Ph.D. - Cambridge University

M.A. - Oxford University

Area(s) of Expertise:

Primary: British Renaissance Literature, including John Milton, William Shakespeare, George Herbert, John Donne, and Edmund Spenser; religion & literature; philosophy & literature. Other interests: Classics; Cormac McCarthy.

Selected Publications:

Hillier, R. (2018) Immediacy in John Donne’s Holy Sonnets. English Studies.(99), 854-77.

Hillier, R. (2018) Two Men in a Trickbag: White, Black, and the Operation of Schopenhauerian Ethics in Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited. The Cormac McCarthy Journal.(16), 104-32.

Hillier, R. (2017) Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction: Souls at Hazard. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Hillier, R. (2016) Herbert’s Pepper Corn: Responsibility and Reciprocity in The Temple. Christianity & Literature.(66), 109-38.

Hillier, R. (2016) ‘Like some supplicant to the darkness over them all’: The Good of John Grady Cole in Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain. The Cormac McCarthy Journal.(14), 3-36.

Hillier, R. (2016) ‘Send back thy fire again’: Praise, Music, and Poetry in the Lyrics of George Herbert. The Modern Language Review.(111), 633-64.

Hillier, R. (2016) ‘Strange Love’: The Question of Innotescence in John Donne’s Holy Sonnets. Cithara.(56), 3-27.

Hillier, R. (2016) ‘Th’action fine’: The Good of Works in George Herbert’s Poetry and Prose. Renascence.(68), 3-26.

Hillier, R. (2016) ‘Valour Will Weep’: The Ethics of Valor, Anger, and Pity in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Studies in Philology .(113), 358-96.

Hillier, R. (2015) 'Tyes of Gratefulness’: Learning to Say Thank You in George Herbert’s Lyrics. English.(64), 268-92.

Hillier, R. (2015) ‘Each the Other’s World Entire’: Intertextuality and the Worth of Textual Remembrance in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. English Studies.(96), 670-89.

Hillier, R. (2014) ‘A Happy Rural Seat of Various View’: Eve’s Mirror Poem and Her Lapse in Paradise Lost. Milton Quarterly.(48), 1-14.

Hillier, R. (2014) ‘A Wondrous Lesson in Thy Silent Face’: Keats, Darwin, and the Geological Sublime. Arcadia: International Journal of Literary Culture.(49), 254-84.

Hillier, R. (2014) ‘Nor Hell a Fury’: Malkina’s Motivation in Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor. The Explicator.(72), 151-57.

Hillier, R. (2014) In John D. Cox and Patrick Gray (Ed.), Hamlet the Rough-hewer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014

Hillier, R. (2013) The Judge’s Molar: Infanticide and the Meteorite in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. ANQ.(26), 76-81.

Hillier, R. (2012) Adam’s Error (Paradise Lost 11.315-33). The Explicator.(70), 128-32.

Hillier, R. (2012) Doped Malice in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Notes & Queries.(59), 176-78.

Hillier, R. (2011) Milton’s Messiah. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011

Hillier, R. (2011) ‘So Shall the World Goe on’: A Providentialist Reading of Books Eleven and Twelve of Paradise Lost. English Studies.(92), 1-27.

Hillier, R. (2010) Crystal Beards and Dantean Influence in Jack London’s ‘To Build a Fire’ (II). ANQ.(23), 172-78.

Hillier, R. (2010) Milton’s ‘Genial Angel’: The Identity and Salvific Office of the Son in Adam’s Narrative of Creation and Recreation. Studies in Philology .(107), 366-400.

Hillier, R. (2009) Coleridge’s Dilemma and the Method of ‘Sacred Sympathy’: Atonement as Problem and Solution in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Papers on Language and Literature .(45), 8-36.

Hillier, R. (2009) Milton’s Dantean Miniatures: Inflections of Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio within the Cosmos of Paradise Lost. Notes & Queries.(56), 215-19.

Hillier, R. (2009) Spatial Allegory and Creation Old and New in Milton’s Hexaemeral Narrative. Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900.(49), 121-43.

Hillier, R. (2009) ‘By Force or Fraud / Weening to Prosper’: Milton’s Satanic and Messianic Modes of Heroism. Milton Quarterly.(43), 17-38.

Hillier, R. (2009) ‘O What a Mask Was There, What a Disguise!’: The Mechanism of Satanic Defeat in Paradise Regained. Milton Studies.(49), 167-91.

Hillier, R. (2008) The Good Communicated: Milton’s Drama of the Fall and the Law of Charity. The Modern Language Review.(103), 1-21..

Hillier, R. (2008) The Wreath, the Rock, and the Winepress: Passion Iconography in Milton’s Paradise Regain’d. Literature & Theology.(22), 387-405.

Hillier, R. (2008) ‘Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion Signe’: The Conjunction of Astrology and Apocalyptic in Milton’s Psychostasis. The Cambridge Quarterly.(37), 305-23.

Hillier, R. (2007) Milton’s Paradise Regain’d and Herbert’s ‘Love’ (III). The Explicator.(66), 4-9.

Hillier, R. (2007) The Patience to Prevent That Murmur: The Theodicy of John Milton’s Nineteenth Sonnet . Renascence.(59), 247-73.

Hillier, R. (2007) To Say it with Flowers: Milton’s ‘Immortal Amarant’ Reconsidered (Paradise Lost 3.349-61). Notes & Queries.(54), 404-08.

Hillier, R. (2006) Hugo Grotius’s Christus Patiens and John Milton’s Samson Agonistes. The Explicator.(65), 9-13.

Hillier, R. (2006) Two Patristic Sources for John Milton’s Description of the Sun (Paradise Lost 3.591-95). Notes & Queries.(53), 184-87.

Hillier, R. (2006) ‘In a Dark Parody’ of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress: The Presence of Subversive Allegory in Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark. ANQ.(19), 52-59.

Selected Presentations:

Hillier, R. The Annual Conference of the British Shakespeare Association. , Swansea University, Wales - "'To the Whole Race of Mankind, High and Low!': Hating Timon" , 2019

Hillier, R. The 33rd Annual John Donne Society Conference. , The University of Lausanne, Switzerland - "Immediacy in John Donne’s Holy Sonnet ‘If faithful souls be alike glorified’" , 2018

Hillier, R. The Cormac McCarthy Society Conference. , Austin, Texas - "Two Men in a Trick Bag in Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited" , 2017

Hillier, R. The American Literature Association Symposium: Frontiers and Borders in American Literature. , San Antonio, Texas - "‘Like some supplicant to the darkness over them all’: The Good of John Grady Cole in Cities of the Plain." February, 2016

Hillier, R. The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference of the American Literature Association. , Boston, Massachusetts - "‘A knowing deep in the bone’: Stoicism and Tragic Heroism in Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses." May, 2015

Hillier, R. The Annual Conference of the British Shakespeare Association. , The University of Stirling, Scotland - "'What's the Matter?': The Authentic Coriolanus" July, 2014

Hillier, R. American Literature Association. , Washington, DC - "'Each the Other’s World Entire': The Use of Ovid in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road" May, 2014

Hillier, R. George Herbert Society. , Grove City, PA - "'To Bubbles Straight' or 'Making Two One'?: Learning to Say Thank You in George Herbert’s Lyrics" April, 2013

Hillier, R. Cormac McCarthy Society. , Berea, KY - "The Judge's Molar: Infanticide and the Meteorite in Blood Meridian" March, 2013

Hillier, R. Renaissance Society of America. , Washington, DC - "Some Permutations of Edenic Catalogues in Milton's Paradise Lost: Eve's Lapse and Adam's Error" March, 2012

Hillier, R. The Conference on John Milton. , Murfreesboro, TN - "'And ever best found in the close': The Concluding Lines of Paradise Lost (12.588-649)" October, 2011