Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

D.A. Miller

D.A. Miller

Former John F. Hotchkis Chair in English

by appointment

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.


Eight and a Half
Eight and a Half

New edition with afterthought ....(read more)

Second Time Around: From Art House to DVD
Second Time Around: From Art House to DVD

The art houses and cinema clubs of his youth are gone, but the films that D. A. Miller discovered there in the 1960s and ’70s are now at his fingertips. With DVDs and streaming media, technology has turned the old cinematheque’s theatrical offerings ....(read more)

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)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Second Time Around: From Art House to DVD, New York: Columbia University Press, 2021.

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

, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan [BFI Film Classics], 2008; French translation, 2011; Chinese translation 2014; new edition with afterthought 2022.

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.

"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)

"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.



Current Research

"Second Time Around: The Cinematheque Today"

English Department Classes