Critical Insights Film: Alfred Hitchcock

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 20 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Renowned Film Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • In-Depth Academic Coverage of All Key Issues and Interpretations
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Douglas Cunningham
December 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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# of Pages: 300
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Salem Press is proud to announce Critical Insights: Film, the newest expansion to the renowned Critical Insights series. Each volume in the Critical Insights: Film collection focuses on a single film classic from American cinema, providing detailed insight and contextual analysis about each subject. These brand-new titles make perfect additions to academic, public, and community Film Studies collections everywhere.

Regarded as "The Master of Suspense" and one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is remembered for a long career, consisting of more than fifty films made in six decades. This volume discusses themes that make a film truly "Hitchcockian"-the plot twist, voyeurism, and the innocent man accused-and analyzes some of Hitchcock's best-known work, including Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, and more. 

This inaugural volume in the Critical Insights Film series is intended to contribute to the ongoing discourse about the "Master of Suspense," his body of work, and his larger influence on world culture. All essay contributors have been selected from across the spectrum of Hitchcock enthusiasts, providing in-depth, versatile, and accessable coverage of all key issues and interpretations for the high school or undergraduate student. The text offers analyses of Alfred Hitchcock based on cultural and historical contexts, close viewings from particular critical standpoints (from traditional to postmodern), comparisons in the light of other films, and critical receptions over time. 

Critical Insights Film: Alfred Hitchcock is organized into three helpful sections, Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources. Essays are 2,500 to 5,000 words in length and the volume is introduced with a brief biography of Hitchcock and an essay by the editor, "On Hitchcock," which provides the reader with a background on the director's major films. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index