Alfred Hitchcock was, despite his English origins and early career, an American master. Arriving on US shores in 1939, for the next three decades he created a series of masterpieces that redefined the nature and possibilities of cinema itself: Rebecca, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho, to name just a few. In this Companion, leading film scholars and critics of American culture and imagination trace Hitchcock's interplay with the Hollywood studio system, the Cold War, and new forms of sexuality, gender and desire over his American career. This Companion explores the way in which Hitchcock was transformed by the country where he made his home and did much of his greatest work. This book will be invaluable as a guide for both fans and students of Hitchcock and twentieth-century American culture, providing a set of new perspectives on a much-loved and hugely influential director.
Jonathan Freedman is Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor of English, American, and Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. His monographs include Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism, and Commodity Culture, The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America, and Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity. Freedman has also coedited with Richard Millington Hitchcock's America as well as anthologies of criticism on Henry James and Oscar Wilde. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Humanities Center.