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Catherine Clepper <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:58:10 -0600
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There's the Joanna Pitman book "On Blondes".  It's a sort of pop-journalism
work, but may be provocative to students new to film/cultural studies.

And perhaps Camille Paglia?  Last time I read her monograph on The Birds, I
don't remember a lot of assumed film knowledge.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:12 PM, Frank, Michael <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
> mike
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Catherine Clepper
Doctoral Student, Screen Cultures
Northwestern University

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