Communication and Culture | Authorship in the Media (Alfred Hitchcock and Questions of Authorship)
C326 | 28165 | Doty, A


CMCL-C 326: Authorship in the Media
(Topic: Alfred Hitchcock and Questions of Authorship)
Class Number: 28165

MW, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, SY 100
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, BH 233

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Alex Doty
E-Mail: alexdoty@indiana.edu
Office: C2 251
Phone: 856-4928

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most famous directors in film
history.  He is also the director who has generated the greatest
amount of popular and academic critical attention—and his films are
among the most referenced and imitated.  If ever there was a
filmmaker who might be said to “author” his films, it is Alfred
Hitchcock.  But, for this reason, the director and his films are
also ideal for testing the strengths and the limitations of the so-
called “auteur theory” of film.  First articulated in the
1950s, “auteurism” has been championed, critiqued, and modified ever
since.  This course will use the case of Alfred Hitchcock to explore
issues and questions surrounding the concept of film authorship,
paying particular attention to how “director as auteur” approaches
might be considered in relation to (auto)biography, the star system,
genre, studio production methods,  the production history of
specific films, and critical readings of the director and his films
through various theoretical lenses (feminism, Marxist-materialism,
GLBTQ work).  Besides examining films by Alfred Hitchcock, the
course will also consider films influenced by Hitchcock like Dressed
to Kill, The Bride Wore Black, and High Anxiety.  There will be a
weekly screening for this course.  Coursework will include two short
papers (2-3 pages), two 6-7 page papers, a midterm exam, and a final
exam.