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The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock (Anglais) Broché – 13 février 2012
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The Men Who Knew Too Much offers a series of inspiring discussions about the process of adaptation as experienced by Hitchcock, James, and their respective protagonists. Combining close textual analysis with suggestive theoretical insights, the book shows how individuals in different socio-historical contexts negotiate important issue of gender, social identity, knowledge and authority. By reflecting on their struggles, we might learn something about ourselves and our future courses of action. (Two Masters)
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Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock knew too much. Self-imposed exiles fully in the know, they approached American and European society as inside-outsiders, a position that afforded them a kind of double vision. Masters of their arts, manipulators of their audiences, prescient and pathbreaking in their techniques, these demanding and meticulous artists fiercely defended authorial and directorial control. Their fictions and films are obsessed with knowledge and its powers: who knows what? What is there to know? The Men Who Knew Too Much innovatively pairs these two greats, showing them to be at once classic and contemporary. Over a dozen major scholars and critics take up works by James and Hitchcock, in paired sets, to explore the often surprising ways that reading James helps us watch Hitchcock and what watching Hitchcock tells us about reading James. A wide-range of approaches offer fresh insights about spectatorship, narrative structure, and cinematic representation, as well as the relationship between technology and art, the powers of silence, sensory-and sensational-experiences, the impact of cognition, and the uncertainty of interpretation. The essays explore the avowal and disavowal of familial bonds, as well as questions of Victorian convention, female agency, and male anxiety. And they fruitfully engage issues related to patriarchy, colonialism, national, transnational, and global identities. The capacious collection, with its brilliant insights and intellectual surprises, is equally compelling in its range and cogency for James readers and film theorists, for Hitchcock fans and James scholars.
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This book was not what I expected, although it is as described. This would be great for an English class.
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Bold, original, playful
le 27 décembre 2013 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a delightful example of what cultural theory is capable of when it gets away from the jargon and received ideas. From the inspired association of James and Hitchcock, the stylists, the difficult, the expatriated, the snobs with a secret love of the potboiler and the (more or less) straitlaced guys with a somewhat more open fondness for the perverse -- the talented authors here assembled for this anthology, let impressions, thoughts, even words-sounds themselves playfully and poetically lead them into charming and thought-provoking associations. Some mystique is preserved even as the art in question is elucidated. And no apologies are offered for placing film and literature on the same level, where they ought to be! Or, for that mater, upholding somewhat unfashionable notions that "genius" really does exist, and it makes its own exceptional patterns. It was always the job of cultural theorists, regardless of their political persuasion, to recognize such genius, so now in this touchy impasse-moment of "Who gets to decide?", I am praising this book because I think I understand the challenge it poses to the entrenched moment in academe: rather than emerging from overtaught, sodden lecture notes, already peer reviewed and rubber stamped, it is in fact composed in such a way that it will force intrepid professors to learn how to teach it, if they're up for that. My bet is that the extra demands placed on attention and mental self-searching will yield fascinating breakthroughs.