- article: The Vision of Voice in James and Hitchcock: An Experiment in Reading
- author(s): Daniel T. O'Hara & Gina M. MacKenzie
- journal: boundary 2 (01/Oct/2010)
- issue: volume 37, issue 3, pages 167-177
- DOI: 10.1215/01903659-2010-023
- journal ISSN: 0190-3659
- publisher: Duke University Press
- keywords: '
- keywords: "Hitchcock's Films Revisited" - by Robin Wood, "Hitchcock's Films" - by Robin Wood, "Hitchcock's Romantic Irony" - by Richard Allen, "The Women Who Knew Too Much" - by Tania Modleski, Aesthetics, Alfred Hitchcock, Analysis, Comparative analysis, Daniel T. O'Hara, Doris Day, Gina M. MacKenzie, Hitchcock Annual, James Stewart, Jay Livingston, New York City, Novels, Paramount Pictures, Paula Marantz Cohen, Peter Lorre, Psychoanalysis, Ray Evans, Reading, Richard Allen, Robin Wood, Tania Modleski, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
We read comparatively two acts of self-revision, James's transformation of his 1896 novel The Other House (based on an 1893 dramatic scenario) into a 1909 play and Hitchcock's two film versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934, 1956). Based on Lacanian psychoanalysis, we argue that both artists seek in their different acts of critical reading the best ways to materialize the visionary operations of voice by giving it greater aesthetic and ethical effectiveness, in the hope of perfecting the fierce maternal form of the modern superego, and thereby exorcising it once and for all.