Senior Advisor to the Provost for Faculty and Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities


Ph.D., Columbia University

Field of Specialty

The novel in Russia and Europe of the nineteenth century. The short story in Russia. The literature of childhood and children's literature.

Contact Information

Shiffman Humanities Center 215

Robin Feuer Miller

Professor Miller teaches and studies the fiction of writers in the nineteenth century. Her particular interest is in the novel, especially the novels of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Dickens. Her books include "Dostoevsky and The Idiot: Author, Narrator and Reader" (Harvard University Press, 1981), "Dostoevsky's Unfinished Journey" (Yale University Press, 2007), and "The Brothers Karamazov: Worlds of the Novel" (second edition, 2008, Yale University Press) as well as numerous articles and several edited or co-edited volumes, including "Tolstoy and the Genesis of War and Peace" (with Donna Tussing Orwin), by Kathryn B. Feuer (Cornell University Press, 1996) and "The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel" (with Malcolm V. Jones), (Cambridge University Press, 1998). The former work appeared in Russian translation in 2002.

She was a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Fellow at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, where she began work on her current project, "Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and the Small of This World." She is also at work on an archival project tentatively entitled, "Kazuko's Letters from Japan." She served as Dean of Arts and Sciences from 1994-2000 and since then has been a spokesperson for the value of a liberal arts education. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Provost for Faculty.


Miller, Robin Feuer. ""A Childhood's Garden of Despair"." Russian Writers at the Fin de Siecle: The Twilight of Realism. Ed. Katherine Bowers and Ani Kokobobo. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""Reading as if for Life": Dostoevsky's Poor People." Reading in Russia: Literary Communication and Practices of Reading, 1760-1930. Ed. Raffaella Vassena and Damiano Rebecchini. Milan: University of Milan Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""review"." Rev. of Close Encounters: Essays on Russian Literature, by Robert Louis Jackson. Dostoevsky Studies vol. XVIII 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Dostoevsky and Children." Dostoevsky in Context. Ed. Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Joseph Frank." Dostoevsky Studies XVIII. (2014). (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "The Creative Impulse in Tolstoy's Childhood: The Dangerous Beauty of Games, Lies, Betrayal and Art." Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. vol. volume still in preparation by the editor Ed. Elizabeth Cheresh Allen., 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Tolstoy's 'About Mushrooms'." Tolstoy 100 Years On. Ed. Joe Andrew and Robert Reid. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014 (forthcoming)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review of." Rev. of The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s, by Kate Holland. The Russian Review 2014 (forthcoming)

Interviewed about Dostoevsky, imprisonment, and "Crime and Punishment" in January, radio show "Safe Space" by host Dr. Anne Hallward, a psychiatrist, January 2014. interviewee Miller, Robin Feuer. Public Radio, Series on Incarceratation, 2014.

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""From Well-Rounded to Sharp: Liberal Education in the Twenty First Century" Keynote plenary public address." Transylvania University Summer Symposium on Liberal Education. Lexington, KY. July 25-28, 2013.

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""review"." Rev. of Dostoevsky's The Brother's Karamazov, by Julian W. Connolly. Russian Review vol. 73 2014: 116-117.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Anna Karenina through the Lens of Chekhov." University of Cambridge. November 13, 2013.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Art Ameliorates the Inevitable." Rev. of Musings on Mortality: From Tolstoy to Primo Levi, by Victor Brombert. Times Higher Education (THE) 3 October, 2013

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Colloquium on Tolstoy--invited public lecture." Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University. September 13, 2013.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Crime and Punishment: "The Hum and Buzz of Implication" Keynote Address." The Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend. Brunswick, Maine. March 7, 2014.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Dostoevsky and "The Boy at Christ's Christmas Party"." University of Bristol. February 25, 2014.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Past, Present and Future of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literary Studies in the UK." The Long Nineteenth Century: New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature. University of Cambridge, Darwin College. 1 February 2014.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "The Teacher and the Text: The Pragmatic Sleuth in the Classroom." Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature. Ed. Deborah Martinsen, Cathy Popkin, Irina Reyfman. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014. 16-31.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Tolstoy's "Small Things"." University of Nottingham. November 14, 2013.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Lewis S. Feuer: A Daughter's Reminiscence." Science and Society 50. (2013): 362-364.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "On Value of Liberal Education, Blog Entry on WGBH Website, September 4, 2013." (2013)

Miller, Robin Feuer. "A Dialectical Relationship." Rev. of Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, by Paul and Karen Avrich. Times Higher Education (THE) November 8, 2012

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Friendly Persuasion and Divine Conversation." Aspects of Dostoevskii: Art, Ethics and Faith. vol. 1, Ed. J.M. Andrew and Robert Reid. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 265-283.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "The Role of the Reader in The Idiot" (excerpted from SEEJ, vol.23,no. 2, 1979, 190-202)." Novels for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Commonly Studied Novels. vol. 40 Ed. Sara Constantakis. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2012. 111-114.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review." Rev. of Ghostly Paradoxes: Modern Spiritualism and Russian Culture in the Age of Realism, by Ilya Vinitsky. Slavonic and East European Review vol. vol.90, no.3 2012: 501-503.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review." Rev. of Internal Colonization: Russia's Imperial Experience, by Alexander Etkind. Times Higher Education (THE) vol. No. 2034 26 January 2012: 56-57.

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""The Roundtable Game"." Dostoevsky Studies xv. new series (2011): 7-11.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Review." Rev. of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, by Elif Batuman. THE (Times Higher Education) 12 May 2011

Miller, Robin Feuer. "The Deep Heart's Core." The Norton Critical Edition to Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. Ed. Susan McReynolds. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. 743-752.

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""The Canon: Nikolai Gogol by Vladimir Nabokov"." THE (Times Higher Education) February 17, 2010.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Divine Conversations." Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov: Art, Creativity and Spirituality. (appeared in January 2011) ed. Ed. Predrag Cicovacki and Maria Granik. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag, 2010. 73-89.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Final photocall for Tolstoy." Rev. of The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapova Station, 1910, by William Nickell. Times Higher Education vol. No. 1, 971 October 28, 2010: 56-57.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Tolstoy's Peaceable Kingdom." Anniversary Essays on Tolstoy. paperback edition, appeared 2012 ed. Ed. Donna Tussing Orwin. London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 52-76.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review article." Rev. of Tolstoy's Quest for God, by Daniel Rancour-Laferriere. Slavonic and East European Review vol. 88 of 3 july 2010: 538-539.

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""Interview on pedagogy"." American Association for Teachers of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Graduate Student Publication (2009).

Miller, Robin Feuer. ""North American Theory and Dostoevsky: Recent Scholarship"." Dostoevsky Studies special issue: Recent Scholarship on Dostoevsky in the Context of Cultural Dialogues. (2009): 494-500.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Poem: 'Tolstoy's Epilogue, with Apologies to Aylmer Maude and W.H. Auden'." Tolstoy Studies Journal xx (dated 2008, but published in late 2009). (2009): 102.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review article." Rev. of Dostoevsky's Democracy, by Nancy Ruttenburg. Slavic Review vol. 68 of 3 fall 2009: 712-713.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review article." Rev. of In Quest of Tolstoy, by Hugh McLean. Slavonica vol. 15 of 1 April, 2009: 71-72.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review article." Rev. of Narrative, Space and Gender in Russian Fiction: 1846-1903, by Joe Andrew. Slavonic and East European Review vol. 87 of 2 fall 2009: 338-340.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review article." Rev. of Plotting History: The Russian Historical Novel in the Imperial Age, by Dan Ungurianu. Tolstoy Studies Journal vol. xx 2008, actually published, late 2009: 108-112.

Miller, Robin Feuer , co ed. with Donna Tussing Orwin. Tolstoy and the Genesis of War and Peace. new paperback edition ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "What is Chekhovian About Chekhov? (reprinted)." The Bulletin of the North Amercian Chekhov Society 15. 2 (2008): 6-15.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "review." Rev. of Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction, by Rowan Williams (The Archbishop of Canterbury). Times Higher Education (part of the Times of London) November 13, 2008: 46-47.

Miller, Robin Feuer. The Brothers Karamazov: Worlds of the Novel. revised second edition with new chapter, paperback edition ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Dostoevsky's Religion." by Steven Cassedy. Slavic Review vol. 65, no. 3 2006: 626-627.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Faithful Realism: Elzabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study." Rev. of same as above, by Josie Billington. Tolstoy Studies Journal vol. xviii 2006: 115-116.

Miller, Robin Feuer. Dostoevsky's Unfinished Journey. November, 2007. ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "'Son smeshnoro chelevoka,' Dostoevskogo: popytka predeleniya zhanra." Dostoevskii i mirovaya kul'tura 20 (pub. in 2006 but dated as 2004 in reference). (2006): 148-170.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Afterward." Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. signet paperback ed. New York: Signet, The Penguin Group, 2006. 523-534.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Crime and Punishment: The Elephant in the Garden." Dostoevsky: On the Threshold of Other Worlds. Ed. Milne, Leslie (Nottingham University) & Young, Sarah (University of Toronto). Nottingham: Bramcote Press, 2006. 175-189.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Suprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure." Rev. of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure, by Deborah Martinsen. Canadian American Slavic Studies vol. 40, nos. 2-4 (part II) 2006: 626-627.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Western Law, Russian Justice: Dostoevsky, The Jury Trial, and the Law." Rev. of same as above, by Gary Rosenshield. The Russian Review vol. 65, no. 4 2006: 737-744.

Miller, Robin Feuer & Fanger, Donald (Harvard University). "Poetique de Dostoievski." Histoire de la Litterature Russ 20. (2005): 1003-1022.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "Dostoevsky." by Richard Freeborn. Slavic and East European Journal vol. 49, no. 1 2005: 128-130.

Miller, Robin Feuer. "What is Chekhovian about Chekhov?." Word, Music, History. vol. 29 Ed. Lazar Fleishman, Gabriella Safran, Michael Wachtel. Stanford, Calif.: Gareth Perkins, 2005. 489-504.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "Review of "Limits to Interpretation: The Meaning of Anna Karenina," By Vladimir Alexandrov." Tolstoy Studies Journal XVI. (2004).

Miller,Robin Feuer. "Frank's Dostoevsky"." Slavic and East European Journal 47. 3 (2003): 471-479.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "pritchi u Dostoevskogo: paradoks is siuzhet"." Dostoevskii i mirovaia kul'tura 17. 2003 (2003): 125-142.

Miller,Robin Feuer, co-ed. Malcolm Jones. The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Miller,Robin Feuer, co-ed. Donna Tussing Orwin, Kathryn B. Feuer. Tolstoy and the Genesis of War and Peace. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.

Miller, Robin Feuer, Feuer, Kathryn B., Orwin, Donna Tussing. Tolstoy and the genesis of "War and Peace". Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996.

Miller,Robin Feuer. The Brothers Karamazov: Worlds of the Novel. New York: Macmillan-Twayne Publishers, 1992.

Miller,Robin Feuer, ed.. Critical Essays on Dostoevsky. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1986.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "Intimations of Rousseau in The Possessed." Dostoevsky Studies 5. 1984 (1984): 77-91.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "The Castle in the Gothic Novel." Nineteenth Centruy 9. 1984 (1984): 3-5.

Miller,Robin Feuer. Dostoevsky and The Idiot: Author, Narrative and Reader. Harvard University Press, 1981.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "Notions of Narrative in the Notebooks for The Idiot." Ulbandus Review 2. 1979 (1979): 160-175.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "Recollections of Rufus Mathewson." Ulbandus Review 2. 1979 (1979): 5-14.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "The Role of the Reader in The Idiot"." Slavic and East European Journal 23. 1979 (1979): 190-202.

Miller,Robin Feuer. "The Function of Inserted Narratives in The Idiot." Ulbandus Review 1. 1977 (1977): 15-28.

Courses Taught

COML/ENG 140b Children's Literature and Constructions of Childhood
RECS 130a The Russian Novel
RECS 134b Chekhov
RECS 135a The Short Story in Russia
RECS 147b Tolstoy: Freedom, Chance, and Necessity
RECS/THA 166a Chekhov's Stories on Stage