Hitchcock’s Films AHIS 3822 winter 2011 Instructor: Bruce Barber
Assignment #3 Library Research essay due March 18th (25%)
Choose any one of the following topics and write a 2500-3000 word essay (8-10 page) essay in suitable academic form with endnotes (or footnotes) and bibliography. You should employ a minimum of four sources (book, essays) including the course texts in your library. Please provide the full URL of any websites used beyond the book/ journal resources and the date accessed.
With reference to Tom Cohen’s Hitchcock’sCryptonomies Volume 1 Secret Agents and Volume 2 War Machines University of Minnesota Press 2005 discuss the importance of numbers and numbering in at least two of Hitchcock’s films.
With reference to Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1954) and Psycho (1960) discuss the importance of phantasmatic themes and the ‘undead’ to Hitchcock.
With reference to Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) and Rope (1948) and the sources for both films discuss Hitchcock’s views on homosexuality.
Discuss the importance of mothers -- “mother’s intuition”; “mother knows best”, the castrating mother -- in three of Hitchcock’s films.
Alfred Hitchcock has been called the “master of suspense” and the “master of melodrama” Discuss either appellation with reference to two of his films.
In several of his speeches Hitchcock suggested that he “wished to put murder back in the home where it belongs.” Discuss Hitchcock’s views of murder and his attachment to the murderous aesthetics of Thomas de Quincey.
Discuss with specific reference to four Hitchcock films discuss the significance of pets to the director’s signature form.
With reference to Cohen’s Volume 2 “The Black Sun Coda: Trouble at the Séance (pp 197 -267), discuss the importance of blindness, telepathy, precognition, and intuition in Hitchcock’s Family Plot (1976).
Discuss the importance of art and/or music in two of Hitchcock’s films.