Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen

Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen

Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen

Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen


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This collection of essays examines the various Hitchcock films that were adapted from other sources (short stories, play, and novels). Some of these essays focus on the director’s collaboration with such notable writers as John Steinbeck (Lifeboat), Thornton Wilder (Shadow of a Doubt), and Raymond Chandler (Strangers on a Train), proving not only that Hitchcock knew good writing when he read it, but that he was quite eager to exploit the cultural capital that these writers represented. Other essays discuss to what extent he was faithful (or not) to the source materials, his relationship with screenwriters/adaptors such as Joseph Stefano (Psycho), and what role his wife, Alma Reville played in the development of several screenplays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442230873
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mark 'steen is chair of the English Department and cofounder of the Film Studies Program at Loyola University Maryland. He has published dozens of articles on film, music, and modern literature and is the author or editor of ten books, including One of Us: A Family’s Life with Autism (2010) and Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream (2013).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Hitchcock and Adaptation, Mark 'steen I: Hitchcock and Authorship Chapter 1: Hitchcock the Author, Thomas M. Leitch Chapter 2: Wrong Men on the Run: The 39 Steps as Hitchcock’s Espionage Paradigm, Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick Chapter 3: The Role and Presence of Authorship in Suspicion, Patrick Faubert II. Hitchcock Adapting Chapter 4: Melancholy Elephants: Hitchcock and Ingenious Adaptation, Ken Mogg Chapter 5: Conrad’s The Secret Agent, Hitchcock’s Sabotage, and The Inspiration of “Public Uneasiness,” Matthew Paul Carlson Chapter 6: Stranger(s) Than Fiction: Adaptation, Modernity, and the Menace of Fan Culture in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, Leslie H. Abramson Chapter 7: Reading Hitchcock/Reading Queer: Adaptation, Narrativity, and a Queer Mode of Address in Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho, Heath A. Diehl Chapter 8: “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”: Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in Rear Window, Nicholas Andrew Miller Chapter 9: “The Proper Geography”: Hitchcock’s Adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s “The Birds,” John Bruns Chapter 10: From Kaleidoscope to Frenzy: Hitchcock’s Second British Homecoming, Tony Williams III. Hitching a Ride: The Collaborations Chapter 11: Hitchcock’s Diegetic Imagination: Thornton Wilder, Shadow of a Doubt, and Hitchcock’s Mise-en-Scène, Donna Kornhaber Chapter 12: “The Name of Hitchcock! The Fame of Steinbeck!”—The Legacy of Lifeboat, Maria A. Judnick Chapter 13: “What did Alma Think?”:Continuity, Writing, Editing, and Adaptation, Christina Lane and Jo Botting IV. Adapting Hitchcock Chapter 14: The Second Look, the Second Death: W. G. Sebald’s Orphic Adaptation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Russell J. A. Kilbourn Chapter 15: Dark Adaptations: Robert Bloch and Hitchcock on the Small Screen, Dennis R. Perry and Carl H. Sederholm Chapter 16: Extraordinary Renditions: DeLillo’s Point Omega and Hitchcock’s Psycho, Mark 'steen Chapter 17: The Culture of Spectacle in American Psycho, David Seed Alfred Hitchcock Filmography About the Contributors About the Editor
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