Milner, Andrew

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(1950-    ) British-born academic, in Australia for many years, sociologist of literature and cultural theorist; educated as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he studied sociology; his PhD thesis was published as John Milton and the English Revolution: A Study in the Sociology of Literature (1981). He taught in Sociology at the London School of Economics and at Goldsmiths College, London, in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, and in Comparative Literature at Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, where he was appointed Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in 2000, becoming Professor of English and Comparative Literature in 2012, Professor Emeritus in 2013. In 2013 he was Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Milner has a longstanding interest in sf, which he traces back to his boyhood enthusiasm for Dan Dare. He has published academic essays on sf in a number of scholarly journals, notably Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and Southern Review. He convened three international conferences around the theme of Utopia, Dystopia and sf, held at Monash University in 2005, 2007 and 2010, and co-edited the resulting conference volumes. Milner also co-convened the academic stream at the 68th World Science Fiction Convention (see Worldcon) and edited a collection of Raymond Williams's writings on utopia and sf. The second edition of his Literature, Culture and Society (2005) deals extensively with sf and includes discussions of Mary Shelley, Karel Čapek, Fritz Lang and Ridley Scott. But Locating Science Fiction (2012) is arguably a more important contribution to academic sf studies. It seeks to move sf theory and criticism away from the prescriptively abstract dialectics of cognition and estrangement associated with Fredric Jameson and Darko Suvin, towards a more sociologically-informed understanding of the genre as a messy amalgam of texts, practices and artefacts. [JRB]

Andrew John Milner

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