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A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock (2011) edited by Thomas Leitch & Leland Poague

editors Thomas Leitch & Leland Poague
publisher Wiley-Blackwell (2011)
ISBN 1405185384 (hardback)
links LibraryThing

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The most comprehensive volume ever published on Alfred Hitchcock, covering his career and legacy as well as the broader cultural and intellectual contexts of his work. Contains thirty chapters by the leading Hitchcock scholars. Covers his long career, from his earliest contributions to other directors’ silent films to his last uncompleted last film Details the enduring legacy he left to filmmakers and audiences alike.


Part 1 - Background

Part 2 - Genre

Part 3 - Collaboration

Part 4 - Style

Part 5 - Development

Part 6 - Auteurism

Part 7 - Ideology

Part 8 - Ethics

Part 9 - Beyond Hitchcock


This impressive anthology proves that there are plenty of new things to say about Hitchcock. A wide ranging and consistently intelligent compendium, it features essays on virtually every aspect of the great director′s work by an array of his most astute commentators.
James Naremore (Indiana University)

A superior addition to film studies, with essays from scholarly voices both established and new. Hitchcock specialists – and others – will find much to enlighten, discuss and debate.
Leonard J. Leff (Oklahoma State University)

The authoritative cultural and historical perspectives of the essays, written by prominent scholars, provide an ideal complement to Robin Wood’s close readings of Hitchcock’s films.
Elisabeth Weis (author of The Silent Scream: Alfred Hitchcock′s Sound Track)

Readers who know a lot about Hitchcock will find this new Companion hard to put down, and neophytes could not find a better introduction to the ever–changing, ever–surprising field of Hitchcock studies.
Bill Krohn

Poague and Leitch’s A Companion to Hitchcock provides an excellent snapshot of the best and brightest current thinking on Hitchcock by a range of international scholars who offer new ideas about his life and work––his status as an auteur and his engagement with his collaborators, his unique stylistic concerns and his indebtedness to generic conventions, his moral vision and the ideological effects of his narrative choices.
John Belton (Rutgers University)


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