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Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism Hardcover – July 27, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (July 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813119308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813119304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,635,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A valuable contribution to Hitchcock studies." -- Choice



"Cohen knows her movies and moviemaking techniques.... This is a fun, learned, and provocative book, especially for Hitchcock buffs." -- Rapport

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University where she teaches courses in literature, film, and creative writing. She is the recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and is a co-editor of jml: Journal of Modern Literature.

Cohen is the author of four nonfiction books and five novels, and is the producer of the documentary film, Two Universities and the Future of China. Her play, The Triangle, about John Singer Sargent, Henry James, and Edith Wharton, was a finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. Her essays, stories, and reviews have appeared in The Yale Review, The American Scholar, The Southwest Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Raritan, The Hudson Review, and other publications. She writes a weekly online column, "Class Notes," for The American Scholar and is the host of The Drexel Interview, a TV show based in Philadelphia that is broadcast on over 350 local stations, including 150 PBS stations, throughout the country.

Cohen holds a B.A. in French and English from Yale College and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University.

To learn more, visit www.paulamarantzcohen.net

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Smith III on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be an examination of how Hitch had handled various Victorian issues, esp. sexual repression and upper-class elitism. Actually, that's not what the book is about at all. Cohen is interested only in the switch from what she calls a "subjective narrative" -- literary fiction of the Victorian age -- to film narrative of the modern era. She claims literary fiction in the 1800s had developed a female-centered subjectivity and that cinema came along to "re-orient" the public to a male-focused sensibility. She hammers this over and over again throughout her book, and spends way too much time examining gender roles, until you could swear there was nothing else that mattered about Hitchcock's films. Of course, this is always the problem with any tightly-focused scholarly analysis ("When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"); so it's not terribly objectionable, and fortunately the book does have quite a number of interesting insights, esp. about Hitch's relationship with his daughter and the roles he cast her in as those roles reflect the development of their father-daughter dynamic. While I disagree with much of what Cohen says, I found her book a catalyst to some very interesting thinking about Hitch. In particular, she has quite a fascinating perspective on his last films, which are often viewed as failures; she thinks they're just exericses in post-modernism. Whatever you think about the book, I continue to be amazed at how many people feel compelled to ransack Hitchcock's work; it's as though no serious film fan has any choice but to address what he did. This book is another interesting step in the process. . . .
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