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Russell Hillier


Photo of faculty memberAssociate 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, Russell. (2017). Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction: Souls at Hazard. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Hillier, Russell. (2016). ‘Send back thy fire again’: Praise, Music, and Poetry in the Lyrics of George Herbert. The Modern Language Review111 (3), 633-64.

Hillier, Russell. (2016). ‘Valour Will Weep’: The Ethics of Valor, Anger, and Pity in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Studies in Philology 113 (2), 358-96.

Hillier, Russell. (2014). ‘A Happy Rural Seat of Various View’: Eve’s Mirror Poem and Her Lapse in Paradise Lost. Milton Quarterly48 (1), 1-14.

Hillier, Russell. (2014). ‘A Wondrous Lesson in Thy Silent Face’: Keats, Darwin, and the Geological Sublime. Arcadia: International Journal of Literary Culture49 (2), 254-84.

Hillier, Russell. (2014). Hamlet the Rough-hewer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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

Recent Presentations:

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

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

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

Hillier, Russell., 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, Russell., 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.