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7/15/2011 at 3:09:46 PM GMT
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Though Alfred Hitchcock was notorious for his manipulation of audiences and mastery of cinematic technique, his art of adaptation has been neglected: the ingenious ways he used literary texts as points of departure. Hitchcock’s relations with literary works and writers is fertile ground for research on the director as a reader and a writer, as well as a filmmaker. I seek papers about how Hitchcock’s films offer new paradigms for cinematic adaptation. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following: Hitchcock’s adaptations of works by canonical writers such as Conrad and O’Casey; his collaborations with prestigious authors of his day (e.g., Steinbeck, Wilder), and with major screenwriters such as Ben Hecht and Arthur Laurents; Hitchcockian revisions of pulp and romance novels by authors such as DuMaurier, Woolrich, and Bloch; modern and contemporary literary works that employ Hitchcockian plots and devices; how Hitchcock’s reading of authors such as Poe, Carroll, and Buchan informs his cinema; Hitchcock’s working methods with close collaborators such as Joan Harrison and Alma Reville. Send 300-word proposals and brief (one-page) CVs to Mark Osteen ( by August 8, 2011. Papers chosen for the session may also be selected for a special issue of _Clues: A Journal of Detection_.

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