LIT3013 : The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock's Films

Convener(s): Professor Sue Vice


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

In this module, we will watch and analyse a selection of films directed by Alfred Hitchcock (and one remake). The course will follow Hitchcock’s career chronologically, starting with his British films such as Blackmail and Sabotage, his early Hollywood works including Rebecca and Strangers on a Train, and his late films, such as Psycho.

We will consider the films from a variety of perspectives, including their historical context (North by Northwest and Marnie in relation to the television Mad Men, as examples of the culture of the 1960s), literary adaptation (Daphne du Maurier’s short story and Hitchcock’s film The Birds), gender and sexuality (Rope and Vertigo), and conclude with consideration of Gus Van Sant’s homage to Hitchcock, his 1998 remake of Psycho.

You will get the opportunity to watch a film each week and discuss it in detail in the seminar. This module is suitable for everyone: those who have taken film modules before, as well as those with no previous experience of studying film.


There will be a screening of the set film every week, which you must attend, followed by seminar discussion focusing on both general themes and close reading of brief extracts. You will choose a week in which to give a short presentation to introduce a film of your choice, and may use this as the basis of one of your assessments if you wish. To encourage seminar discussion, everyone will be asked to bring three questions or comments to the class every week.


The course will be assessed by two essays, one of 40% (1500 words) and one of 60% (2500 words), or you can choose to write a single essay of 4000 words.

Contact Details

0114 222 8475

Information last changed: Wednesday 15th of March 2017 :: 09:52:05 PM (GMT)

may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


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