William Ian Miller

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William Ian Miller (born March 30, 1946) is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan.[1] He is also Honorary Professor of History at the University of St. Andrews.[2] His area of specialty is the sagas of medieval Iceland, but he also has written extensively on revenge and on various emotions, mostly self-attention. He grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1969; a Ph.D in English and a JD in law at Yale 1975, 1980.[3]


  • "Why is your axe bloody?": A Reading of Njáls saga (Oxford University Press, 2014)[4]
  • "Losing It, in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, which he flatters himself formerly did him noble service: a plaint, tragic-comical, historical, vengeful, sometimes satirical and thankful in six parts, if his memory does yet serve" (Yale University Press, 2011).[5]"Losing It" was chosen by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best books of 2011.[6]
  • "Audun and the Polar Bear: Luck, Law, and Largesse in a Medieval Tale of Risky Business" (Brill, 2008).[7]
  • "Eye for an Eye" (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Arabic, Italian, Chinese translations, 2008.[8]
  • "Faking It" (Cambridge University Press, 2003).[9]
  • "The Mystery of Courage" (Harvard University Press, 2000); Spanish translation, 2005.[10]
  • "The Anatomy of Disgust" (Harvard University Press, 1997); Spanish and Italian translations, 1999, Slovenian translation, 2006.[11] Chosen best book by the Association of American Publishers, 1997, in sociology/anthropology.[12]
  • "Humiliation: and other essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence" (Cornell University Press, 1993).[13]
  • "Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland" (University of Chicago Press, 1990).[14]
  • "Law and Literature in Medieval Iceland: Ljósvetninga sagaand Valla-Ljóts saga" (Stanford University Press, 1989) (with Theodore M. Andersson).[15]


  1. ^ "University of Michigan".
  2. ^ "University of Saint Andrews".
  3. ^ "University of Michigan Personal Pages".
  4. ^ Miller, William (2014). Why is your axe bloody?: A Reading of Njals Saga. ISBN 9780198704843.
  5. ^ Miller, William (2011). Losing It. ISBN 978-0300171013.
  6. ^ Keller, Julia (16 December 2011). "We spill our thoughts on year's best reads". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ Miller, William (2008). Audun and the Polar Bear: Luck, Law, and Largesse in a Medieval Tale of Risky Business (Medieval Law and Its Practice). Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-9004168114.
  8. ^ Miller, William (2006). Eye for an Eye. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521856805.
  9. ^ Miller, William (2005). Faking It. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521613705.
  10. ^ Miller, William (2009). The Mystery of Courage. Harvard University Press.
  11. ^ Miller, William (1998). The Anatomy of Disgust. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674031555.
  12. ^ "Harvard University Press".
  13. ^ Miller, William (1995). Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0801481178.
  14. ^ Miller, William (1997). Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland. University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226526805.
  15. ^ Miller, William (1989). Law and Literature in Medieval Iceland: 'Ljosvetninga saga' and 'Valla-Ljots saga'. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0804715324.