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Hitchcock's Appetites: The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread (Hardback)
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Hitchcock's Appetites: The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 14/07/2016
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In Hitchcock's Appetites, Casey McKittrick offers the first book-length study of the relationship between Hitchcock's body size and his cinema. Whereas most critics and biographers of the great director are content to consign his large figure and larger appetite to colorful anecdotes of his private life, McKittrick argues that our understanding of Hitchcock's films, his creative process, and his artistic mind are incomplete without considering his lived experience as a fat man. Using archival research of his publicity, script collaboration, and personal communications with his producers, in tandem with close textual readings of his films, feminist critique, and theories of embodiment, Hitchcock's Appetites produces a new and compelling profile of Hitchcock's creative life, and a fuller, more nuanced account of his auteurism.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501311659
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


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Deliciously fat with insights into Alfred Hitchcock's life and work, this book is about so many other things, too: appetite, weight, the body, gender, sexuality, childhood, the cinema. Casey McKittrick argues in this tantalizing study that we cannot fully grasp Hitchcock's film oeuvre without examining his life as a fat man. Drawing on fat studies as well as queer theory, McKittrick adds depth and nuance to our picture of the great director and his legendary appetites-and to our collective appetite for him. Highly recommended * Kenneth Kidd, Professor of English, University of Florida, USA *
The provocative relationship between cinematic form and the authorial body is pleasurably realized in Casey McKittrick's Hitchcock's Appetites: The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread. Through a seductive theoretical dance and a plunge into persuasive close readings, McKittrick guides us along the biographical and aesthetic contours that give shape to Alfred Hitchcock's highly recognizable body, a large and distinctive body that intimately commingles with his body of work. Rethinking "appetite" as visceral desire, Hitchcock's Appetites delights in the director's "fatness"-his queerness to be sure-so as to draw out the sensual possibilities that fold the auteur and cinematic aesthetics into one another. * David A. Gerstner, Professor of Cinema Studies, City University of New York, USA *
A superb appreciation of Hitchcock's appetites, a brilliant analysis of corporeality in the corpus of Hitchcock films, this exquisitely written and methodologically innovative book satisfies as it induces hunger. McKittrick moves adroitly between Hitchcock's household meal plans, the archive of his relationships with Hollywood stars and producers, virtuosic readings of the films themselves, the problems of embodiment in queer theory, and the promise of fat studies to write the definitive Hitchcock book for our times. * Neville Hoad, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin, USA *

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