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Modernity and Murder

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...James Stewart suspended in Vertigo. What prompts instinct's revolt against law, which incites our flagrant dreaming? We were first freed from traditional restraints when Nietzsche killed off God...

Into the Next World

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Leslie Bank's dental appointment in the first Man Who Knew Too Much. Hitchcock did not keep his amusement about the MacGuffin to himself. Robert Donat in The 39 Steps is sceptical about...

A Blooding

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Hitchcock's Golgotha: Anthony Perkins at the swamp in Psycho. I cannot recall how my obsession with Hitchcock started; it goes back almost far enough to qualify as an original sin. But there is a specific date that solemnized...

The Crimes of the Camera

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Hitchcock loitering with photographic intent in Young and Innocent. The vision that called itself modern used the eye analytically, and therefore aggressively. To analyse something means to reduce it to its constitutent...

The Chief Executive

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

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...Hitchcock officiating in Family Plot. Even in the California heat, Hitchcock squeezed his bulk into a woollen suit of sombre colour. Sometimes he clamped a bowler hat, like a lid, on his seething head. Applying strict...

The Fat Man and His Disguises

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Charles Laughton as Hitchcock in Jamaica Inn. A fat man wears soft armour, whose insulating layers preserve him from harm. Hitchcock conscientiously cultivated his bulk, and elaborated a persona to match it. He spoke...

Playing God

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...The Birds: the exterminating angels watch Bodega Bay burn.'Did you think you were God?' This is the question that James Stewart furiously addresses to John Dall in Rope, after discovering the body in the trunk. God, of course, had been dead...

A Haunted Head

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Anthony Perkins on his way home in Psycho. Hitchcock brought fear home to us. His films assault the very idea of the house, and deprive us of its moral support. The dangers begin on a slippery, tilted rooftop and go...

The Blind Ear

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Sound made visible in a silent film: the transparent ceiling in The Lodger, with Ivor Novello pacing upstairs. Films, when Hitchcock began to make them, were eerily mute as well as colourless, and proud to be so. 'We do...

Cutting and Splicing

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka and the carving knife in Sabotage. The modern spirit, in art and in science, had a simple, drastic premise. Reality was to be broken down, or cut up. D. H. Lawrence objected to this treatment...