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J. Hillis Miller: The First Sail

Date: 1 February 2012

We are very much looking forward to welcoming J. Hillis Miller to the Department in May 2012. During his time with us, he will be participating in a variety of open lectures, research seminars and a conference dedicated to his life and work.

The trailer for a film about J. Hillis Miller by Dragan Kujundzic, The First Sail, can be viewed on Youtube (please see the link below).

The film portrays the life and work of the great American literary critic and philosopher, J. Hillis Miller, through interviews and archival footage. The filming took place in the President's House at the University of Florida, where J.Hillis Miller spent some of his childhood as the son of the first post World War II President of the University of Florida, J.Hillis Miller Sr. J. Hillis Miller reminisces about his childhood and the great contribution of his family to the university, as well about his own career at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California. The filming then continued on Deer Isle, Maine, where J.Hillis Miller has summer and winter residences and where he is also an avid sailor. From more than thirty hours of interview footage, a selection was made to illustrate not only a life of a great critic, but also the history of American University for the last sixty years, as well as to hear J.Hillis Miller's reflections on some of the urgent topics of our time: climate change, the role of higher education in the US, financial crises etc. This film includes exclusive footage of Jacques Derrida talking about J.Hillis Miller at a conference dedicated to him.

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