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Intimate Violence

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Beschreibung

Intimate Violence explores the consistent cold war in Hitchcock's films between his heterosexual heroines and his queer characters, usually though not always male. Decentering the authority of the male hero, Hitchcock's films allow his female and queer characters to vie for narrative power, often in conflict with one another. These conflicts eerily echo the tense standoff between feminism and queer theory. From a reparative psychoanalytic perspective, David Greven merges queer and feminist approaches to Hitchcock. Using the theories of Melanie Klein, Greven argues that Hitchcock's work thematizes a constant battle between desires to injure and to repair the loved object. Greven develops a theory of sexual hegemony. The feminine versus the queer conflict, as he calls it, in Hitchcock films illuminates the shared but rivalrous struggles for autonomy and visibility on the part of female and queer subjects. The heroine is vulnerable to misogyny, but she often gains an access to agency that the queer subject longs for, mistaking her partial autonomy for social power. Hitchcock's queer personae, however, wield a seductive power over his heterosexual subjects, having access to illusion and masquerade that the knowledge-seeking heroine must destroy. Freud's theory of paranoia, understood as a tool for the dissection of cultural homophobia, illuminates the feminine versus the queer conflict, the female subject position, and the consistent forms of homoerotic antagonism in the Hitchcock film. Through close readings of such key Hitchcock works as North by Northwest, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Spellbound, Rope, Marnie, and The Birds, Greven explores the ongoing conflicts between the heroine and queer subjects and the simultaneous allure and horror of same-sex relationships in the director's films.

Autorentext

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He publishes in two fields, nineteenth century American literature and Film Studies. Greven specializes in psychoanalytic theory, queer theory, and gender studies. He has written studies of same-sex desire in the antebellum United States, Nathaniel Hawthorne's work and Freudian literary theory, the woman's film, masculinity in contemporary Hollywood, and Hitchcock's influence on the filmmakers of the Seventies.



Klappentext

Intimate Violence explores the consistent cold war in Hitchcock's films between his heterosexual heroines and his queer characters, usually though not always male. Decentering the authority of the male hero, Hitchcock's films allow his female and queer characters to vie for narrative power, often in conflict with one another. These conflicts eerily echo the tense standoff between feminism and queer theory. From a reparative psychoanalytic perspective, David Greven merges queer and feminist approaches to Hitchcock. Using the theories of Melanie Klein, Greven argues that Hitchcock's work thematizes a constant battle between desires to injure and to repair the loved object. Greven develops a theory of sexual hegemony. The feminine versus the queer conflict, as he calls it, in Hitchcock films illuminates the shared but rivalrous struggles for autonomy and visibility on the part of female and queer subjects. The heroine is vulnerable to misogyny, but she often gains an access to agency that the queer subject longs for, mistaking her partial autonomy for social power. Hitchcock's queer personae, however, wield a seductive power over his heterosexual subjects, having access to illusion and masquerade that the knowledge-seeking heroine must destroy. Freud's theory of paranoia, understood as a tool for the dissection of cultural homophobia, illuminates the feminine versus the queer conflict, the female subject position, and the consistent forms of homoerotic antagonism in the Hitchcock film. Through close readings of such key Hitchcock works as North by Northwest, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Spellbound, Rope, Marnie, and The Birds, Greven explores the ongoing conflicts between the heroine and queer subjects and the simultaneous allure and horror of same-sex relationships in the director's films.



Inhalt

Acknowledgements Introduction: Intimate Violence Chapter 1: Queer Hitchcock: Psycho and Northwest by Northwest Chapter 2: "You're A Strange Girl, Charlie": Sexual Hegemony in Shadow of a Doubt Chapter 3: Mirrors without Images: Spellbound Chapter 4: Making a Meal of Manhood: Rope, Orality, and Queer Anguish Chapter 5: The Fairgrounds of Desire: Paranoia and Masochism in Strangers on a Train Chapter 6: The Death-Mother in Psycho: Hitchcock, Femininity, and Queer Desire Chapter 7: Marnie's Queer Resilience Epilogue: Melanie's Birds: Deconstructing the Heroine Notes

Produktinformationen

Titel: Intimate Violence
Untertitel: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory
Autor:
EAN: 9780190658342
ISBN: 978-0-19-065834-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 13.02.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 7.7 MB