ENGL329J - Special Topics in Film Studies: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

This course surveys the creative output of one of film history’s most critically acclaimed and popularly successful directors: Alfred Hitchcock, the “master of suspense.” We will investigate the complex nature of cinematic authorship and reputation by analyzing the form, style, and themes of some key works from Hitchcock’s lengthy career within and outside the Hollywood studio system.  Topics to be discussed include identification and point of view; technical and stylistic experimentation; violence and gender roles; the evolution of the Hitchcock “brand.”  Films include The Lodger (1927), Blackmail (1929), Sabotage (1936), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1937), Rebecca (1940), Notorious (1946), Shadow of a Doubt (1946), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rear Window (1954), The Wrong Man (1957), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1962), and Frenzy (1971).  PREREQUISITE: ENGL 245 OR FILM 245.  Please note that this is NOT an introductory film course; the assignments require familiarity with the basic vocabulary of film analysis.  Midterm, final examination, presentation, three papers.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


ENGL245, FILM245, FILM283, or SLLC283; or permission of ARHU-English department.