Screen Studies
Hitchcock’s Appetites

Hitchcock’s Appetites: The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

by Casey McKittrick

Casey McKittrick is an Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He regularly teaches courses in Film Interpretation, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, African American Literature, and American Literature surveys. He has published essays in The Velvet Light Trap, the anthologies Writing as Re-Vision and Porn and Philosophy, and reviews in several film and gender studies journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
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  • ISBN:
    9781501311659 (hardback)

    9781501311628 (epdf)

    9781501311635 (epub)

    9781501311642 (online)

    9781501339561 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Hitchcock’s Appetites
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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.