Berkeley English Lecturers

D.A. Miller

D.A. Miller

John F. Hotchkis Professor Emeritus and formerly Professor of the Graduate School

Professional Statement

D. A. Miller is John F. Hotchkis Professor Emeritus and fomerly 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.  Most recently, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan.. Professor Miller works in the areas of film, nineteenth-century fiction, and gay and cultural studies.  His recent courses have addressed the postwar European art film, queer cinema, close reading, and the work of Hitchcock, Poe, and Proust, among others.  His books include Hidden Hitchcock (University of Chicago, 2016); (BFI, 2008); 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).  Professor Miller also has served on the editorial boards of differences, Film Quarterly, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.  For many years, he wrote a regular column for Film Quarterly called "Second Time Around,"  which has provided the basis of his forthcoming book "Second Time Around: From Art House to DVD" (Columbia University Press).  In 2013, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Hidden Hitchcock
Hidden Hitchcock

No filmmaker has more successfully courted mass-audience understanding than Alfred Hitchcock, and none has been studied more intensively by scholars. In Hidden Hitchcock, D. A. Miller does what seems impossible: he discovers what has remained unseen....(read more)

Jane Austen, or The Secret of Style
Jane Austen, or The Secret of Style

What is the world-historical importance of Jane Austen? An old maid writes with the detachment of a god. Here, the stigmatized condition of a spinster; there, a writer's unequalled display of absolute, impersonal authority. In between, the secret wo....(read more)

8 1/2
8 1/2

Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) shocked audiences around the world when it was released in 1963 by its sheer auteurist gall. The hero, a film director named Guido Anselmi, seemed to be Fellini’s mirror image, and the story to ref....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


Hidden Hitchcock, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan [BFI Film Classics], 2008; French translation, 2011; Chinese translation 2014.

Jane Austen, or The Secret of Style, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Place for Us: Essay on the Broadway Musical, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Bringing Out Roland Barthes, Berkeley and Los Angeles:University of California Press, 1992.

The Novel and the Police, Berkeley and Los Angeles:University of California Press, 1988.

Narrative and its Discontents: Problems of Closure in the Traditional Novel, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.

"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.



Selected columns from Film Quarterly:

Berlin Alexanderplatz  (Spring 2008)

Vertigo (Winter 2008-09)

The H-Man (Winter 2009-10)

Toby Dammit (Spring 2011)

Medea (Summer 2012)


Current Research

"Second Time Around: The Cinematheque Today"

Recent English Courses Taught