Communication and Culture | Authorship in the Media (Topic: Alfred Hitchcock and His Legacy)
C326 | 8098 | Klinger, B.
TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, TBA
Required film screening: W, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, TBA
Fulfills College A&H Requirement
Instructor: Barbara Klinger
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 225
The director of such classic films as Rear Window, Vertigo, North by
Northwest, and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most written
about and influential film director ever to work in Hollywood.
Beginning his career in England in the 1920s and gaining fame in the
U.S. starting in the 1940s, he is regarded as one of the most
technically exciting, narratively savvy, and thematically complex of
Hollywood directors. In this course, we will examine Hitchcock’s
body of work, analyzing the evolution of his visual style and
thematic preoccupations from his British period through his American
film and television career. We will also look closely at Hitchcock’s
legacy as the Master of Suspense in his thrillers by exploring the
work of directors whose films have been regarded as “Hitchcockian”
(such as Brian De Palma) and considering what this label means
This course is designed not only to increase appreciation of
Hitchcock’s films and of his influence on filmmaking, but to sharpen
students’ skills of visual and critical analysis, knowledge of
theories of authorship and genre, and grasp of American cinema and
culture. To this end, we will read major scholarly works on
Hitchcock and other related directors, examining interpretations
offered by different schools of criticism. Required weekly
screenings will feature films from Hitchcock’s British and American
periods, as well as films from some of the directors he influenced.
Classes will be a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Students can expect to take 3 exams (including the final) and
complete a final written or creative project. Attendance and
participation count toward the final grade.