D.A. Miller

Emeritus; Former John F. Hotchkis Chair in English

D. A. Miller is John F. Hotchkis Professor Emeritus and formerly Professor of the Graduate School.  He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1977 and has taught at Columbia and Harvard as well as at Berkeley, where he was a member of the English Department for many years.  In 2017, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and lectures frequently in that country.   Professor Miller works in the areas of film, nineteenth-century fiction, and gay and cultural studies.  His courses have addressed the postwar European art film, the Western, queer cinema, close reading, and the work of Hitchcock, Poe, and Proust, among others.  His books include Hidden Hitchcock (University of Chicago, 2016);  (BFI, New Edition, 2022); Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style (Princeton University Press, 2003); Place for Us: Essay on the Broadway Musical (Harvard University Press, 1998); Bringing Out Roland Barthes(University of California Press, 1992);  The Novel and the Police (University of California Press, 1988); and Narrative and its Discontents (Princeton University Press, 1981).  His work has been translated into European and Asian languages.  Professor Miller also has served on the editorial boards of differencesFilm Quarterly, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.  For many years, he wrote a regular column for Film Quarterly called "Second Time Around," which provided the basis of his book Second Time Around: From Art House to DVD (Columbia University Press, 2021).  In 2013, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He still writes on film, sometimes in collaboration with Anna Shechtman.

Current Research: 

“Contemporary Japanese Auteurs: Kore-eda and Hamaguchi”


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Monograph, 2022
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Monograph, 2021
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Monograph, 1989

Essays and Selected Publications

“Managing Monstrosity: Hikokazu Kore-eda’s Monster (coauthored with Anna Shechtman), NYRB, December 6, 2023)

“Waiting for Leo” [on Leo Bersani] October (Summer 2022), 105-8

"Crimes Against Humanity: David Cronenberg's Crimes of the Future" (coauthored with Anna Shechtman), NYRB (June 28, 2022)

"Missing Men: Pedro Almodóvar's Parallel Mothers" (coauthored with Anna Scechtman), Artforum (January 2022)

Drive My Car Drives Me Crazy,” tr. Motonori Sato, in ドライブ・マイ・カー』論 [Drive My Car: Essays]. Tokyo, Keio University Press, 2023)

"Damned If You Do It," liner essay for Luchino Visconti's The Damned (Criterion Collection, 2021)

"My Lockdown with Death in Venice," LARB (July 26, 2020)

"Elio's Education (Call Me By Your Name)," LARB (February 19, 2018)

“Call for Papers” [In memoriam Barbara Johnson], GLQ 17:2-3 (2011), 365-69.

“On the Universality of Brokeback Mountain,” Film Quarterly 60:3 (2007), 50-60.

"Foutre! Bougre! Ecriture!" The Yale Journal of Criticism 14:2, 2001:503-511.

"Visual Pleasure in 1959," October 81, 1997: 35-58.

"Austen’s Attitude," The Yale Journal of Criticism 8, 1995: 1-5.

"Anal Rope," Representations 32, Fall 1990: 114-133

"The Late Jane Austen," Raritan, Summer 1990: 55-79.

"Sontag’s Urbanity," October 49, Summer 1989:91-101.

"1839: Body Bildung and Textual Liberation," in A New History of French Literature, edited by Denis Hollier, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989: 681-687.

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