19 Facts About Andrew Milner


Andrew Milner graduated with a BSc degree, with honours in Sociology, in 1972 and a PhD in the Sociology of Literature in 1977.


Andrew Milner married Verity Burgmann, the Australian political scientist and labour historian, in 1977.


Andrew Milner is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and an inaugural member of the Melbourne Victory Football Club.


Andrew Milner was politically active, by turn, in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Labour Party Young Socialists, the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign, the International Socialists, the Socialist Workers Party and, in Australia, People for Nuclear Disarmament.


Andrew Milner's work has been published in English in Australia, India, the US and the UK and has been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Persian and Korean.


Andrew Milner first attracted attention for work, strongly influenced by Lucien Goldmann, on the sociology of 17th-century literature.


Andrew Milner has a strong interest in the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.


Andrew Milner began his academic career teaching Sociology at the London School of Economics in 1972.


Andrew Milner subsequently taught in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London; in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds; and in the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University, where he was appointed to a chair in 2000.


Andrew Milner retired in 2013 and was appointed Professor Emeritus before proceeding to a position in English at the Freie Universitat Berlin.


Andrew Milner held visiting appointments in the Centre for Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, the Theory, Culture and Society Centre at Nottingham Trent University, the School of English at the University of Liverpool and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.


Andrew Milner's first book, John Milton and the English Revolution, was an application of Goldmann's 'genetic structuralist' sociology of literature to the political, philosophical and poetical writings of John Milton, the great poet of the English Revolution.


The differences between editions are evidence of Andrew Milner's growing interest in comparative literature and science fiction studies.


Andrew Milner argued that Williams had stood in an essentially analogous relation to the British 'culturalist' tradition as Bourdieu and Michel Foucault to French structuralism and Jurgen Habermas to German critical theory.


In 2010 Andrew Milner published, under the title Tenses of Imagination, an edited collection of Williams's writings on utopia, dystopia and science fiction.


Andrew Milner's book relocates science fiction in relation not only to these other genres and media, but to the historical and geographic contexts of its emergence and development.


The concluding chapter is preoccupied with environmentalist thematics occasioned by Andrew Milner's growing interest in Green politics.


In 2023 Andrew Milner co-authored Science Fiction and Narrative Form with David Roberts and Peter Murphy, a book inspired by and in a sense a sequel to Georg Lukacs's The Theory of the Novel.


In 2015 Andrew Milner published an article on climate fiction co-authored with three research assistants, Rjurik Davidson, Susan Cousin, and Andrew Milner's son James, who writes as JR Burgmann.