A Hitchcock Reader / Edition 2

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This new edition of A Hitchcock Reader aims to preserve what has been so satisfying and successful in the first edition: a comprehensive anthology that may be used as a critical text in introductory or advanced film courses, while also satisfying Hitchcock scholars by representing the rich variety of critical responses to the director's films over the years.

  • a total of 20 of Hitchcock’s films are discussed in depth - many others are considered in passing
  • section introductions by the editors that contextualize the essays and the films they discuss
  • well-researched bibliographic references, which will allow readers to broaden the scope of their study of Alfred Hitchcock
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The rewritten introductions to each section update scholarship on Hitchcock, engaging the reader in current debates among Hitchcock scholars and fans." (CHOICE, 2009)

"The detail is extraordinary and the insights remarkable and the director? He would have been flattered, but still retorted "Oh it's only a movie!" (M/C Reviews, May 2009)

Library Journal
This is a compilation of essays, most of which have been previously published, which the editors feel could be useful in a film course. Most examine a single film; a few cover general themes. Some of the essays appear to take Hitchcock interpretation to extreme limits. Others are more accessible, but they will be most valuable to those who have seen the films, preferably more than once. Much of this ground has been tilled before, notably in Raymond Durgnat's Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock (1974) and William Rothman's Hitchcock: the murderous gaze (LJ 6/1/82). Nevertheless, this sometimes provocative work is recommended for cinema collections. Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405155571
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 394
  • Sales rank: 313,080
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Deutelbaum is Professor Emeritus of English at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in film history and theory.

Leland Poague is Professor of English at Iowa State University.

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Table of Contents



Part One: Taking Hitchcock Seriously [Section Intro and Bibliography].

1. Hitch and His Public: Jean Douchet.

2. Hitchcock’s Imagery and Art: Maurice Yacowar.

3. Retrospective: Robin Wood.

4. Hitch as Matrix Figure: Hitchcock and Twentieth Century Cinema: John Orr.

Part Two: Hitchcock in Britain [Section Intro and Bibliography].

5. Hitchcock’s The Lodger: Lesley Brill.

6. Criticism and/as History: Leland Poague.

7. Alfred Hitchcock’s Murder: Theater, Authorship, and the Presence of the Camera: William Rothman.

8. Consolidation of a Classical Style: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Elizabeth Weis.

9. Through a Woman’s Eyes: Sexuality and Memory in The 39 Steps: Charles L. P. Silet.

10. Rematerializing the Vanishing "Lady": Feminism, Hitchcock, and Interpretation: Patrice Petro.

Part Three: Hitchcock in Hollywood [Section Intro and Bibliography].

11. All in the Family: Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt: James McLaughlin.

12. The Moral Universe of Hitchcock’s Spellbound: Thomas Hyde.

13. Notorious: Perversion par Excellence: Richard Abel.

14. Strangers on a Train: Robin Wood.

Part Four: The Later Films [Section Intro and Bibliography].

15. Hitchcock’s Rear Window: Reflexivity and the Critique of Voyeurism: Robert Stam and Roberta Pearson.

16. Finding the Right Man in The Wrong Man: Marshall Deutelbaum.

17. Male Desire, Male Anxiety: The Essential Hitchcock: Robin Wood.

18. A Closer Look at Scopophilia: Mulvey, Hitchcock and Vertigo: Marian Keane.

19. North by Northwest: Stanley Cavell.

20. "Oh, I See . . .": The Birds and the Culmination of Hitchcock's Romantic Vision: John P. McCombes.

21. Mark’s Marnie: Michael Piso.

22. Queer Marnie: Lucretia Knapp.

23. Rituals of Defilement: Frenzy: Tania Modleski.

Part Five: Hitchcock and Film Theory: A Psycho Dossier.

24. Psychosis, Neurosis, Perversion: Raymond Bellour.

25. On Being Norman: Performance and Inner Life in Hitchcock’s Psycho: Deborah Thomas.

26. Psycho’s Allegory of Seeing: Christopher Morris

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