The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock [NOOK Book]

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Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock knew too much. Self-imposed exiles fully in the know, they approached American and European society as inside-outsiders, a position that afforded them a kind of double vision. Masters of their arts, manipulators of their audiences, prescient and pathbreaking in their techniques, these demanding and meticulous artists fiercely defended authorial and directorial control. Their fictions and films are obsessed with knowledge and its powers: who knows...
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The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock

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Overview

Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock knew too much. Self-imposed exiles fully in the know, they approached American and European society as inside-outsiders, a position that afforded them a kind of double vision. Masters of their arts, manipulators of their audiences, prescient and pathbreaking in their techniques, these demanding and meticulous artists fiercely defended authorial and directorial control. Their fictions and films are obsessed with knowledge and its powers: who knows what? What is there to know?
The Men Who Knew Too Much innovatively pairs these two greats, showing them to be at once classic and contemporary. Over a dozen major scholars and critics take up works by James and Hitchcock, in paired sets, to explore the often surprising ways that reading James helps us watch Hitchcock and what watching Hitchcock tells us about reading James. A wide-range of approaches offer fresh insights about spectatorship, narrative structure, and cinematic representation, as well as the relationship between technology and art, the powers of silence, sensory-and sensational-experiences, the impact of cognition, and the uncertainty of interpretation. The essays explore the avowal and disavowal of familial bonds, as well as questions of Victorian convention, female agency, and male anxiety. And they fruitfully engage issues related to patriarchy, colonialism, national, transnational, and global identities. The capacious collection, with its brilliant insights and intellectual surprises, is equally compelling in its range and cogency for James readers and film theorists, for Hitchcock fans and James scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199910571
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 924,442
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Griffin is a Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville.

Alan Nadel is William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Reading James with Hitchcock, Reading Hitchcock with James, Susan Griffin and Alan Nadel
National Bodies, Susan Griffin
Secrets, Lies, and "Virtuous Attachments": The Ambassadors and The 39 Steps, Brenda Austin-Smith
Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock after the American Century: Circulation and Non-Return in The American Scene and Strangers on a Train, Brian T. Edwards
Colonial Discourse and the Unheard Other in Washington Square and The Man Who Knew Too Much, Alan Nadel
Bump: Concussive Knowledge in James and Hitchcock, Mary Ann O'Farrell
James's Birdcage/Hitchcock's Birds, Patrick O'Donnell
Sounds of Silence in The Wings of the Dove and Blackmail, Donatella Izzo
The Perfect Enigma, Judith Roof
Hands, Objects and Love in James and Hitchcock: Reading the Touch in The Golden Bowl and Notorious, Jonathan Freedman
The Touch of the Real: Circumscribing Vertigo, Eric Savoy
Specters of Respectability: Victorian Horrors in The Turn of the Screw and Psycho, Aviva Briefel
Caged Heat: Feminist Rebellion in Henry James's In the Cage and Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, John Carlos Rowe
Shadows of Modernity: What Maisie Knew and Shadow of a Doubt, Thomas B. Byers
Awkward Ages: James and Hitchcock In Between, Mark Goble
Works Cited Contributors Index

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