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"Frank, Michael" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:12:58 -0500
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this question is aimed primarily at those who have taught hitchcock courses, especially to non-specialist students

in the spring i'll be teaching a hitchcock course once again . . . almost all of the students in the class will be business majors [bentley's specialization] and this will most likely be their only experience with anything like a text based humanities course . . .  though i've taught versions of this course a number of times i've yet to find a book, text or trade, that effectively introduces hitchcock's work to this audience,  and am hoping that one of you can recommend one

in my experience there are two related problems in choosing a text:  most of the really interesting work on hitchcock [allen, zizek, modleski, marantz cohen, naremore, wollen, even robin wood] is really too challenging, especially since it inevitably takes for granted one or another of certain foundational concepts [the gaze, psychoanalysis, representation, ideology, etc.] that will be totally unfamiliar to the students . . . and even when i can find isolated essays that are relatively accessible without dumbing down the material [leitch , for example, or some of spoto] it tends to be in the form of essays on specific films rather than an introduction to the body of work as a whole

so i'm hoping for two things:   1.  a book that is a useful and intellectually sophisticated introduction to hitchcock for students with NO background; and 2.] essays that might be accessible to my students and deal with more than individual films . . . has anyone written an essay on the use of POV shots in H? or on his use of sound? or the influence of german expressionism? or even on "the blonde"???

but i think you get the idea, and i'd be grateful for any and all suggestions

many thanks


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