Robert Milder

Robert Milder

​Professor of English
PhD, Harvard University
research interests:
  • 19th-century American literature (especially American Renaissance)
  • 20th-century American literature
  • Virginia Woolf

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1122
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Milder has published widely on mid-19th century American writers. His primary teaching interests are the American Renaissance and the literature of New England, but he also offers courses in Anglo-American Romanticism, 20th century American literature, and Virginia Woolf and Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.

Professor Milder has published widely on mid-19th Century American writers. He is the author of Reimagining Thoreau (1995), Exiled Royalties: Melville and the Life We Imagine (2006), and Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life (2013), and co-editor, with Randall Fuller, of The Business of Reflection: Hawthorne in His Notebooks (2009). Essays and chapters of his have appeared in The New England QuarterlyAmerican Literary HistoryArizona Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, ESQThe Cambridge Companion to American NovelistsThe Cambridge Companion to MelvilleThe Cambridge Companion to Emerson, and The Oxford Historical Guide to Herman Melville. Recent writings include published essays on John Updike, Philip Roth, and Alice Munro and two books-in-progress, Emerson and the Fortunes of Godless Religion and “Real Life”: John Updike and Alice Munro. Primary teaching interests are 19th century American literature, autobiography, and autobiographical fiction.  


  • L14 312W The Literature of Memory 
  • L14 3524 Self, Sex, and Society in 19th Century American Literature
  • L14 356 Art of the Novel
  • L14 426 The American Renaissance: Emerson through Emily Dickinson
  • L14 462 Becoming Modern: Virginia Woolf and Her Circle
  • L14 483 Selected American Writers: Melville
  • L14 5231 Seminar in American Lit: Transcendentalism
Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life

Hawthorne’s Habitations: A Literary Life