Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory by David Greven

By David Greven

Intimate Violence explores the constant chilly battle in Hitchcock's movies among his heterosexual heroines and his queer characters, often notwithstanding now not constantly male. Decentering the authority of the male hero, Hitchcock's movies enable his lady and queer characters to vie for narrative strength, frequently in clash with each other. those conflicts eerily echo the demanding standoff among feminism and queer conception. From a reparative psychoanalytic point of view, David Greven merges queer and feminist methods to Hitchcock. utilizing the theories of Melanie Klein, Greven argues that Hitchcock's paintings thematizes a continuing conflict among wants to injure and to fix the enjoyed item. Greven develops a thought of sexual hegemony. the female as opposed to the queer clash, as he calls it, in Hitchcock motion pictures illuminates the shared yet rivalrous struggles for autonomy and visibility at the a part of woman and queer topics. The heroine is prone to misogyny, yet she usually earnings an entry to supplier that the queer topic longs for, mistaking her partial autonomy for social energy. Hitchcock's queer personae, even if, wield a seductive strength over his heterosexual matters, getting access to phantasm and masquerade that the knowledge-seeking heroine needs to damage. Freud's idea of paranoia, understood as a device for the dissection of cultural homophobia, illuminates the female as opposed to the queer clash, the feminine topic place, and the constant different types of homoerotic antagonism within the Hitchcock movie. via shut readings of such key Hitchcock works as North by means of Northwest, Psycho, Strangers on a teach, Spellbound, Rope, Marnie, and The Birds, Greven explores the continuing conflicts among the heroine and queer matters and the simultaneous attract and horror of same-sex relationships within the director's films.

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