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The Cambridge Companion to Alfred Hitchcock


Part of Cambridge Companions to American Studies

Thomas Schatz, Janet Staiger, Sara Blair, Homer Pettey, Carl Freedman, Susan White, David Greven, Stephen Tiff, Alan Nadel, Murray Pomerance, Brigitte Peucker, Mark Goble, Jonathan Freedman
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  • Date Published: September 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107107571

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  • Alfred Hitchcock was, despite his English origins and early career, an American master. Arriving on US shores in 1939, for the next three decades he created a series of masterpieces that redefined the nature and possibilities of cinema itself: Rebecca, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho, to name just a few. In this Companion, leading film scholars and critics of American culture and imagination trace Hitchcock's interplay with the Hollywood studio system, the Cold War, and new forms of sexuality, gender and desire over his American career. This Companion explores the way in which Hitchcock was transformed by the country where he made his home and did much of his greatest work. This book will be invaluable as a guide for both fans and students of Hitchcock and twentieth-century American culture, providing a set of new perspectives on a much-loved and hugely influential director.

    • Features an approach to both film studies and cultural studies
    • Features distinguished contributors from both cinema studies and American studies
    • Provides visual context by including stills from Hitchcock's work
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107107571
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cycling through: Hitchcock and the studio system Thomas Schatz
    2. Making the brand Janet Staiger
    3. Hitchcock on location: America, icons, and the place of illusion Sara Blair
    4. Hitchcock, class, and noir Homer Pettey
    5. American civilization and its discontents: the persistence of evil in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt Carl Freedman
    6. Alfred Hitchcock and feminist film theory Susan White
    7. Hitchcock and queer sexuality David Greven
    8. Psycho and psychoanalysis Stephen Tiff
    9. Expedient exaggeration and the scale of Cold War farce in North by Northwest Alan Nadel
    10. Looking up: class, England, and America in The Men Who Knew Too Much Murray Pomerance
    11. Seeing red: the color bleed in Hitchcock Brigitte Peucker
    12. Live nude Hitchcock: final frenzies Mark Goble
    13. The school of Hitchcock: in the wake of the master Jonathan Freedman.

  • Editor

    Jonathan Freedman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Jonathan Freedman is Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor of English, American, and Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. His monographs include Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism, and Commodity Culture, The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America, and Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity. Freedman has also coedited with Richard Millington Hitchcock's America as well as anthologies of criticism on Henry James and Oscar Wilde. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Humanities Center.


    Thomas Schatz, Janet Staiger, Sara Blair, Homer Pettey, Carl Freedman, Susan White, David Greven, Stephen Tiff, Alan Nadel, Murray Pomerance, Brigitte Peucker, Mark Goble, Jonathan Freedman

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