A variable topics course that may focus on such areas as film genres, national cinemas, world cinema, directors or other thematically organized topics.
ENGL 385: Film Studies-FILMS of ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Instructor: Ed Snow
English Department Areas of Specialization:
Visual & Comparative Media
Culture & Social Change
Our focus in this course will be on Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. We’ll look at how his films find in the pleasures of cinema (to which they endlessly add) an almost hidden language with which to explore the social and psychic anxieties that saturate the irresistibly exciting plots of his apparently normal worlds. Among his many themes, we’ll foreground those that have to do with marriage, specifically as it poses “traps” for women. This means that we’ll also be concerned more generally with gender and sexuality, and with the ways the films treat them as issues, not givens.
Here’s the films we’ll view, in reverse chronological order: Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, Spellbound, Shadow of a Doubt, Blackmail.