Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Intimate Violence – Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory

David Greven


Intimate Violence explores the consistent cold war in Hitchcock's films between his heterosexual heroines and his queer characters, usually though not always male. From a reparative psychoanalytic perspective, David Greven merges queer and feminist approaches to Hitchcock. Using the theories of Melanie Klein, Greven argues that Hitchcock's work thematizes a constant battle between desires to injure and to repair the loved object. The feminine versus the queer conflict, as he calls it, in Hitchcock films illuminates the shared but rivalrous struggles for autonomy and visibility on the part of f ... More

Keywords: Hitchcock, queer theory, feminism, psychoanalysis, Melanie Klein, Freud, homosexuality, lesbian sexuality, paranoia, Classical Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190214166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Greven, author
Professor of English, University of South Carolina