Biography

A native of the US South, my degrees are from Florida State University (BA in Classics and English, summa cum laude, 1978) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA and PhD in English, 1981 and 1986).

My first academic position was as Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in Marion (1986-89), after which I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where I served as Assistant, Associate, and then Full Professor in English and Women's Studies at Georgia State University (1989-2010).

In 2010, I moved to Ireland to take up the post of Glucksman Professor in Contemporary Writing in English at UL. From January to June 2015, I served as an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the Université de Lille 3, Lille, France.

I've served as the Director of the Yeats International Summer School and the President of the International Yeats Society.

In addition to my passion for literature and language, I have abiding interests in classical and traditional music.



Research Interests

My research focuses on modern and contemporary Irish, US, and world literature in English, especially poetry. I am a specialist on W. B. Yeats, especially his occult life and work.

My book The Aristocracy of Art looks at the rhetoric of autobiographical fiction and its relationship to the issue of class in James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe. Wisdom of Two, my second book, analyses the spiritual and literary collaboration of W. B. and his wife George (Hyde Lees), especially their experiments with automatic writing. I have also been part of teams that have produced scholarly editions of the Yeatses' automatic writing and other occult experiments (Yeats's 'Vision' Papers) and the two versions of Yeats's book of esoteric philosophy, A Vision (1925 and 1937).

I'm interested in the relation between abstract form and felt experience, and I have an abiding interest in what escapes the patterns humans make in the world. My work gravitates towards issues of gender, race, class, and culture, particularly religious experiences and traditions.

I have served as Director of the Yeats International Summer School (2013-15) and as President of the International Yeats Society (2013-17).

Peer Reviewed Journals

2011

‘a form created by passion to unite us to ourselves': The Masks of Pizzorno and Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills (2011) ‘a form created by passion to unite us to ourselves': The Masks of Pizzorno and Yeats. International Political Anthropology :191-200

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2010

Flesh and Bones: Anne Enright's The Gathering

Harper Margaret Mills (2010) Flesh and Bones: Anne Enright's The Gathering. South Carolina Review :74-87

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2007

'how else could the god have come to us'?: Yeatsian Masks, Modernity, and the Sacred

Harper Margaret Mills (2007) 'how else could the god have come to us'?: Yeatsian Masks, Modernity, and the Sacred. Nordic Irish Studies :57-72

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2004

An Interview with Michael Longley

Harper Margaret Mills and Michael Longley (2004) An Interview with Michael Longley. Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art :57-71

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2004

Interview with Michael Longley

Harper Margaret Mills (2004) Interview with Michael Longley. Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art :57-71

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2002

Nemo: George Yeats and Her Automatic Script

Harper Margaret Mills (2002) Nemo: George Yeats and Her Automatic Script. New Literary History :291-314

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1997

The Authoritative Image: Yeats's Singing School

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) The Authoritative Image: Yeats's Singing School. Studies in the Literary Imagination :105-118

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1997

An Interview with Eavan Boland

Harper Margaret Mills and Eavan Boland (1997) An Interview with Eavan Boland. Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art :87-105

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Books

2015

A Vision (1937), Volume 14 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills and Catherine Paul (2015) A Vision (1937), Volume 14 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats. New York : Scribner

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2008

A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills and Catherine Paul (2008) A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats. New York : Scribner

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2006

Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills (2006) Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats. Oxford : Oxford University Press

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2001

Yeats's 'Vision' Papers, Volume 4

Harper Margaret Mills, Harper George Mills (2001) Yeats's 'Vision' Papers, Volume 4. London : Palgrave Macmillan

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1990

The Aristocracy of Art: James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe

Harper Margaret Mills (1990) The Aristocracy of Art: James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press

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Book Chapters

2014

‘The clock has run down and must be wound up again': A Vision in Time

Harper Margaret Mills (2014) ‘The clock has run down and must be wound up again': A Vision in Time. South Bend, Indiana : Notre Dame University Press Yeats and Afterwords

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2012

Reflected Voices, Double Visions

Harper Margaret Mills (2012) Reflected Voices, Double Visions. Clemson, South Carolina : Clemson University Digital Press Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts

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2011

‘The Real Thing': Ní Chuilleanáin and Mattering Bodies

Harper Margaret Mills (2011) ‘The Real Thing': Ní Chuilleanáin and Mattering Bodies. Bern : Peter Lang Irish Women Writers: New Critical Perspectives

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2010

George Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills (2010) George Yeats. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press W. B. Yeats in Context

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2005

Yeats and the Occult

Harper Margaret Mills (2005) Yeats and the Occult. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press The Cambridge Companion to W. B. Yeats :144-166

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2003

Our Lives with Yeats's Ghosts: The Writing and the Editing of the Automatic Script

Harper Margaret Mills, Barbara J. Frieling and Sandra L. Sprayberry (2003) Our Lives with Yeats's Ghosts: The Writing and the Editing of the Automatic Script. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :19-34

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2002

Celestial Bodies: Sexual Cosmologies and a Collaborative Vision

Harper Margaret Mills (2002) Celestial Bodies: Sexual Cosmologies and a Collaborative Vision. London : Palgrave Yeats Annual :102-119

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1997

Yeats's Religion

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) Yeats's Religion. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :48-71

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1997

Sisters, Outsiders, Histories: First Principles and Last Things in Boland and Lorde

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) Sisters, Outsiders, Histories: First Principles and Last Things in Boland and Lorde. Gainesville : University Press of Florida Representing Ireland :181-193

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1997

Fabric and Fame in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) Fabric and Fame in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'. Gainesville : University Press of Florida Gender in Joyce :170-188

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1996

Bread and Wine, Coke and Peanuts: Teaching Sacramental Feasts

Harper Margaret Mills (1996) Bread and Wine, Coke and Peanuts: Teaching Sacramental Feasts. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press Pedagogy, Praxis, Ulysses :63-76

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1994

Twilight to Vision: Yeats's Collaborative Modernity

Harper Margaret Mills (1994) Twilight to Vision: Yeats's Collaborative Modernity. Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press Irishness and (Post)Modernism :61-83

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1994

‘Taken in Drapery': Dressing the Narrative in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'

Harper Margaret Mills (1994) ‘Taken in Drapery': Dressing the Narrative in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press Molly Blooms: A Polylogue on 'Penelope' and Cultural Studies :237-263

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1991

The Message is the Medium: Identity in the Automatic Script

Harper Margaret Mills (1991) The Message is the Medium: Identity in the Automatic Script. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :35-54

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1988

The Medium as Creator: George Yeats's Role in the Automatic Script

Harper Margaret Mills (1988) The Medium as Creator: George Yeats's Role in the Automatic Script. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :49-71

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1983

Versions of History and Brother to Dragons

Harper Margaret Mills (1983) Versions of History and Brother to Dragons. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press Robert Penn Warren's 'Brother to Dragons': A Discussion :226-243

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Edited Books

2008

A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Harper Margaret Mills and Catherine Paul (2008) A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats. New York : Scribner

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Other Journals

1987

Of Time and the River: The Problem of Authority

Harper Margaret Mills (1987) Of Time and the River: The Problem of Authority. The Thomas Wolfe Review :1-6

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Conference Publications

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Book Reviews

2011

Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson

Harper Margaret Mills (2011) Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson. Irish Review :112-115

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2007

Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon

Harper Margaret Mills (2007) Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon. :143-147

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2000

Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork

Harper Margaret Mills (2000) Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork. :568-571

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1999

A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner

Harper Margaret Mills (1999) A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner.

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1997

Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce. James Joyce Literary Supplement :3-

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1997

The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :351-363

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1996

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell

Harper Margaret Mills (1996) The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell. Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship :438-442

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1995

Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford. English Literature in Transition: 1880–1920 :211-216

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1995

The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla. James Joyce Literary Supplement :15-15

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1995

Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian. James Joyce Literary Supplement :9-9

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1994

Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus

Harper Margaret Mills (1994) Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus. English Literature in Transition: 1880–1920 :1-4

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1993

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran. Studies in Short FIction :99-100

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1993

Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr. Christianity and Literature :364-365

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1993

Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman. South Carolina Review :185-187

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1992

All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola

Harper Margaret Mills (1992) All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola. Christianity and Literature :365-367

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1991

Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker

Harper Margaret Mills (1991) Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker. Christianity and Literature :93-95

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1991

Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt

Harper Margaret Mills (1991) Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt. Christianity and Literature :320-322

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1988

Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers

Harper Margaret Mills and Timothy J. McNiven (1988) Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers. Journal of Arts Education :25-28

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1988

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald

Harper Margaret Mills (1988) Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald. Southern Literary Journa :88-94

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1987

Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.

Harper Margaret Mills (1987) Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.. South Atlantic Review :149-152

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Other Publications

2011

Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson

Harper Margaret Mills (2011) Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson. Irish Review :112-115

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2007

Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon

Harper Margaret Mills (2007) Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon. :143-147

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2000

Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork

Harper Margaret Mills (2000) Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork. :568-571

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1999

A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner

Harper Margaret Mills (1999) A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner.

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1997

Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce. James Joyce Literary Supplement :3-

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1997

The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard

Harper Margaret Mills (1997) The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies :351-363

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1996

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell

Harper Margaret Mills (1996) The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell. Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship :438-442

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1995

Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford. English Literature in Transition: 1880–1920 :211-216

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1995

The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla. James Joyce Literary Supplement :15-15

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1995

Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian

Harper Margaret Mills (1995) Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian. James Joyce Literary Supplement :9-9

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1994

Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus

Harper Margaret Mills (1994) Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus. English Literature in Transition: 1880–1920 :1-4

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1993

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran. Studies in Short FIction :99-100

Read more
1993

Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr. Christianity and Literature :364-365

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1993

Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman

Harper Margaret Mills (1993) Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman. South Carolina Review :185-187

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1992

All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola

Harper Margaret Mills (1992) All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola. Christianity and Literature :365-367

Read more
1991

Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker

Harper Margaret Mills (1991) Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker. Christianity and Literature :93-95

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1991

Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt

Harper Margaret Mills (1991) Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt. Christianity and Literature :320-322

Read more
1988

Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers

Harper Margaret Mills and Timothy J. McNiven (1988) Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers. Journal of Arts Education :25-28

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1988

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald

Harper Margaret Mills (1988) Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald. Southern Literary Journa :88-94

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1987

Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.

Harper Margaret Mills (1987) Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.. South Atlantic Review :149-152

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