| DIAL "M" FOR MOTHER: A Freudian Hitchcock|
Author - PAUL GORDON|
Publication Date - January 2008
Number of Pages - 256
Price $52.50 - Price subject to change
|While many works on Hitchcock either openly reject psychoanalysis or utilize it only casually or peripherally,Dial "M" for Mother: A Freudian Hitchcock is the first book-length study to consistently and systematically apply a Freudian psychoanalytic approach to a number of Hitchcock's major films (Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Frenzy). Central to this book is the author's analysis of a "mother.com plex" that informs not only the major male and female characters of these and other Hitchcock films but their plot, formal structure, and visual, cinematic artistry as well. According to the author, the genius of Hitchcock is inseparable from the director's unrelenting adherence to the "darker side" of our unconscious fears and fascinations, and in its unwillingness to veil this exploration of the Freudian Unconscious with Hollywood's and society's denial of such truths.
| Author/Editor Biographies|
Paul Gordon is Professor of Comparative Literature/Humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in Comparative Literatures from Yale University, where he studied with J. Hillis Miller and Paul de Man. His previous works explored theories of figuration (The Critical Double) and tragedy (Rapturous Superabundance: Tragedy after Nietzsche), and he is now writing a book on art's relation to the "absolute" (focusing on Heidegger and German Idealism).
| Scholarly Reviews|
S. Bernardo, Wagner College - Choice, October 2008|
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