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Hitchcock & the Anxiety of Authorship

Authors: Abramson, Leslie H.

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Hitchcock and the Anxiety of Authorship examines issues of cinema authorship engaged by and dynamized within the director's films. A unique study of self-reflexivity in Hitchcock's work from his earliest English silents to his final Hollywood features, this book considers how the director's releases constitute ever-shifting meditations on the conditions and struggles of creative agency in cinema. Abramson explores how, located in literal and emblematic sites of dramatic production, exhibition, and reception, and populated by figures of directors, actors, and audiences, Hitchcock's films exhibit a complicated, often disturbing vision of authorship - one that consistently problematizes rather than exemplifies the director's longstanding auteurist image. Viewing Hitchcock in a striking new light, Abramson analyzes these allegories of vexed agency in the context of his concepts of and commentary on the troubled association between cinema artistry and authorship, as well as the changing cultural, industrial, theoretical, and historical milieus in which his features were produced. Accordingly, the book illuminates how Hitchcock and his cinema register the constant dynamics that constitute film authorship.

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Leslie H. Abramson, an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, USA, is a film scholar teaching cinema and law. Her essays have been published in Hitchcock and Adaptation (2014), American Cinema of the 1960s (2008), In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity (2011), New Constellations: Movie Stars of the 1960s (2012), and various journals. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

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"Just when it seemed like scholars had little new to write about Hitchcock's films, Abramson provides us with an original reading ranging from the early British films to the American productions of the 60s and 70s. By integrating the director's extensive nonfiction writings and interviews with the self-reflexive artistry that characterizes his movies, Abramson reveals how Hitchcock contradicts traditional auteurist claims about his work, allowing readers to (re)consider how the director articulates the complexities of the creative process. Abramson's accessible writing will encourage those new to Hitchcock to relish the joy of discovering his classic movies and film scholars to applaud her insights into this treacherous cinematic landscape." - Lester D. Friedman, Professor, former Chair, Media and Society Program, Hobart College, USA and William Smith College, USA


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hitchcock & the Anxiety of Authorship
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Author
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30970-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137309709
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30969-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 282
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