Profile: Gabriel Miller

Professor and Director, English Graduate Program

Department of English


Gabriel Miller has been teaching modern drama and film at Rutgers since 1980, while also chairing the English department for eleven years. He has written and edited books on Martin Ritt, Fred Zinnemann, Clifford Odets, John Irving, and Daniel Fuchs in addition to publishing articles on Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, Edward Albee and others. He is currently writing a bio-critical study of film director William Wyler.

  • Courses Taught

    Advanced Composition
     Literary Masterpieces                                             
    Introduction to Fiction
    Survey of American Literature
    Survey of Drama from Oedipus to the Present
    Modern Drama (two-semester course)
    American Drama
    The American-Jewish Novel
    The American Novel: Realism & Naturalism
    Film Theory and Criticism
    Film History
    Literature & Film
    Film Genre: The Gangster/Detective Film
    Film Genre: The Western
    The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
    Film, Literature & the Holocaust
    Closed Film Structures: Honors Colloquium
    Introduction to Film Genre: Honors Seminar

    The American-Jewish Novel
    Southern Fiction
    Film Genre: Film Noir/The Gangster Film
    Studies in Modern Drama
    Studies in Film Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
    Studies in American Drama

  • Education

    Ph.D. in English, 1975
    Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

    B.A. in English (with minor in Drama), 1970
    Queens College of the City University of New York

  • Publications

    Daniel Fuchs.  Boston: Twayne, 1979. 171 pp.

    Screening the Novel: Rediscovered American Fiction in Film. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, 1980; paper edition, 1981. 208 pp.

    John Irving. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, 1982; paper edition, 1982. 226 pp. (Spanish edition, Cosmovision del Novelista John Irving, 1984).

    Clifford Odets. New York: Continuum, 1989. 251 pp.

    Critical Essays on Clifford Odets. (Editor, author of bibliographic introduction) Boston: G.K. Hall, 1991. 282 pp.

    The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000. 240 pp.

    Martin Ritt: Interviews. (Editor, author of introduction) Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002. 213 pp.

    Fred Zinnemann: Interviews. (Editor, author of introduction) Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005. 161 pp.

    William Wyler: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009    

    William Wyler’s America.  Lexington: University of Kentucky Press,forthcoming 2012 

    “Hitchcock's Wasteland Vision: An Examination of Frenzy," Film Heritage (Spring 1976), pp. 1–10.

    "A Laugh Gains the Upper Hand: Woody Allen's Love    and Death," Bright Lights: The Magazine of American Film, No. 7 (1978), pp. 29–31.

    "Samuel Ornitz: A Hollywood Passional," Studies in American Jewish Literature (Albany: State University of New York Press), Vol. 2, 1982, pp. 81–85.

    "Shane Redux: The Shootist and the Western Dilemma," Journal of  Popular Film and Television, Vol 11, Summer 1983, pp. 66–77.

    "The (Sex) Symbol: Marilyn, Prime-Time, and the Nielsens," Literature/Film Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 4 (1984), pp. 257–270.

    "Albee on Death and Dying: Seascape and The Lady from Dubuque," Modern Language Studies (Summer 1986), pp. 149–160.

    "Beyond the Frame: Hitchcock, Art and the Ideal," Post Script (Winter 1986), pp. 31-46.

    "Williamsburg in Wonderland: Daniel Fuchs's `Triplicate'," Studies in American Jewish Literature (Spring 1988), pp. 80–89.

    "The Muse of Money: A Pair of Odets Revivals     Rekindle the Writer's Search for Moral Idealism," American Theatre (October 1988),  pp. 96–97.

    "`Purpose Is But the Slave to Memory': Clifford Odets, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, and the American Stage," American Drama (Fall 1991), pp. 61–84.

    "The Visionary Moment in the Plays of Eugene O'Neill," Annals of Scholarship, Vol. 9, no. 3 (1992), pp. 293–306.

    "The Death of the Western Hero: Martin Ritt's Hud and Hombre," Film Criticism, Vol. 20 (September 1995), pp. 34–51.

    "Clifford Odets's and Elia Kazan's `Mother's Day': A Lost Fragment  from the Thirties," American Drama, Spring 1995, pp. 17–35.

    "Martin Ritt's Portrait of the Artist: Cross Creek,” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, vol. VIII, 1997, pp. 75–90.

    "The Meaning of the Moon": The Plays of Arthur Laurents," American Drama, Winter/Summer 2003, pp. 9–51.
    "An Interview with Arthur Laurents," American Drama, Winter/Summer 2003, pp. 57–110.

    “Nicholas Martin: On Directing Arthur Laurents,” American Drama, Winter/Summer 2003, pp. 140–160.

    “Andre Bishop: On the Intelligent Craft of Arthur Laurents,” American Drama, Winter/Summer 2003, pp. 161–174.

    “Bernadette Peters on Gypsy,” American Drama, Winter/Summer 2003, pp. 175–183.

    Introduction to Selected Plays of Arthur Laurents. New York: Back Stage Books, 2004. Pp. xi–xxii.

    Introduction to Alvah Bessie's Short Fictions by Alvah Bessie. San Francisco: Chandler & Sharp, 1982. Pp. xi–xxii

    Introduction to Haunch, Paunch and Jowl by Samuel Ornitz. New York: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1985. Pp. ix–xxiii.

    "`A Small Trumpet of Defiance': Politics and the Buried Life in Norman Mailer's Early Fiction," in Politics and the Muse: Studies in the Politics of Recent American Literature, ed.
    Adam Sorkin. Bowling Green: Bowling Green University Press, 1989.  Pp. 79–92.

     Entry on Daniel Fuchs in Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, ed. Joel Shatzky. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. Pp.103–109.

    Entry on Ben Hecht in The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture, ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989. P. 324.

    Contributing Editor, The Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Paul Lauter et al. D.C. Heath, 1990; 2nd ed., 1994.

    Contributing Editor, Instructor's Guide for The Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Judith A. Stanford.  D.C. Heath, 1990; 2nd ed., 1994.

    Articles on Daniel Fuchs and Alvah Bessie in Dictionary of Literary Biography, 26—American Screenwriters, ed. Morsberger, Lesser and Clark. Detroit: Gale Research/Bruccoli-Clark Publishers, 1984.  Pp. 109–114 and 30–33.

    Articles on Daniel Fuchs and Samuel Ornitz in Dictionary of Literary Biography, 18—American Jewish Writers, ed. Daniel Walden. Detroit: Gale Research/Bruccoli-Clark Publishers,
    1984. Pp. 74–83 and 207–213.

    Article on Samuel Ornitz in Dictionary of Literary Biography, 44—American Screenwriters, Second Series, ed. Randall Clark.  Detroit: Gale Research/Bruccoli-Clark Publishers, 1986.
    Pp. 273–277.

    Obituary essay on Daniel Fuchs in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1993, ed. James W. Hipp.  Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. Pp. 286–289.

    "Daniel Fuchs: A Creed Grows in Brooklyn" (an essay) Los Angeles Times Book Review (April 17, 1977).

    "Albert Maltz, Torn Between Two Loves: Politics and Art" (an essay), Los Angeles Times Book Review (August 7, 1977).

    "Two Alvah Bessies: The Innocent and the Embittered" (an essay), Los Angeles Times Book Review (November 27, 1977).

    Review of One for My Baby by Alvah Bessie, American Book Review (September/October 1981).

    Review of Timebends: A Life by Arthur Miller, American Book Review (March/April 1988). "Haunted by Memory: Daniel Fuchs" (obituary essay), Los Angeles Times Book Review,
    January 30, 1994, pp. 1, 8.

    Review of The Golden West by Daniel Fuchs, American Book Review (January/February 2006).

    “Rediscovering a Bard of Brooklyn,” New Jersey Star-Ledger, January 28, 2007, p. 6.

    "Running the Show," review of MAINLY ON DIRECTING by Arthur Laurents, NEW JERSEY STAR LEDGER 5/10/2009, 10

    "Father and Son, 50 Years Together," review of LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER by John Irving, NEW JERSEY STAR LEDGER 10/25/09, 10


    WORK IN PROGRESS:                     
    Odets in Hollywood (book-length study of noted playwright’s career in Hollywood).

    WILLIAM WYLER'S AMERICA forthcoming 2012

  • Expertise

    Deputy Chair 2004-6 TO 2004-2010

    Modern Drama, American Drama 
    History and Theory of Film
    American Literature (emphasis on fiction)

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