Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adapter

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R. Barton Palmer, David Boyd
SUNY Press, Sep 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 335 pages
The adaptation of literary works to the screen has been the subject of increasing, and increasingly sophisticated, critical and scholarly attention in recent years, but most studies of the subject have continued to privilege literature over film by taking the literary sources as their starting point. Rather than examining the processes by which a particular author has been adapted into a diversity of films by different filmmakers, the contributors in Hitchcock at the Source consider the processes by which a varied range of literary sources have been transformed by one filmmaker into an impressive body of work.

Throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock transformed a variety of literary sources novels, plays, short stories into what is arguably the most coherent and distinctive (narratively, stylistically, and thematically) of all directorial oeuvres. After an introduction surveying the nature and diversity of Hitchcock s sources and locating the current volume in the context of theoretical work on adaptation, nineteen original essays range across the entirety of Hitchcock s career, from the silent period through to the 1970s. In addition to addressing the process of adaptation in particular films in terms of plot and character, the contributors also consider less obvious matters of tone, technique, and ideology; Hitchcock s manipulation of the conventions of literary and dramatic genres such as spy fiction and romantic comedy; and more general problems, such as Hitchcock s shift from plays to novels as his major sources in the course of the 1930s.
 

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Contents

Recontextualizing Hitchcocks Authorship
1
1 Hitchcock from Stage to Page
11
2 Hitchcock and theThree Pleasure Gardens
33
3 Hitchcock and The ManxmanA Victorian Bestseller on the Silent Screen
47
4 BlackmailCharles Bennett and the Decisive Turn
67
Alfred Hitchcock John Buchan and the Thrill of the Chase
77
Coming in from the Cold Maugham Style
89
7 The Lady Vanishes but She Wont Go Away
103
13 Brunos Game or the Case of the Sardonic Psychopath
189
Dial M for Murder The Submerged Televisuality of a StagetoScreen Adaptation
201
Cornell Woolrich Alfred Hitchcock and Rear Window
213
Light Reading on a Dark Topic
229
Vertigo as Source
239
Trust the Tale
255
19 Thirteen Ways of Looking at The Birds
267
20 A Brief Anatomy of Family Plot
295

8 The Trouble with Rebecca
117
Hitchcocks Spellbound
129
The Song of the Dragon and Notorious
139
The Fine Art of Rope
159
Under Capricorn
173
Hitchcocks Films and Their Sources
309
Contributors
313
Index
319
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R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University has written and edited many books on various literary and cinematic subjects.

David Boyd is Professor Emeritus of Film and Media Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Palmer and Boyd are coeditors of After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality.

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