Russell M. Hillier

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Ruane Center for the Humanities LL24


Ph.D. - Cambridge University

M.A. - Oxford University

Area(s) of Expertise:

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

Awards and Honors:

Inaugural Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award, 2017-2018 Providence College

Academic Research Grant Panacea Charitable Trust

Norrisian Prize Cambridge University

Selected Publications:

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

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

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

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

Selected Presentations:

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. Triennial Conference. 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