Transreading Hitchcock: Lights, Camera, Surprise!

Transreading Hitchcock: Lights, Camera, Surprise!

Find inspiration in the cinema of Hitchcock as we experiment with suspense, mother figures, and MacGuffins in our poetry.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is one of cinema’s most celebrated auteurs. His films dominated cinema screens from the 1920s to the 1970s and his influence can still be felt today. This course will focus on a wide range of themes to enable participants to create deep readings of his multi-layered films in order to inform innovative poetic responses. 

We will explore the Hitchcock blonde, the wrong man, the use of suspense, the power of three, the role of the mother, the double, attitudes to authority, autobiographical elements (particularly Hitchcock’s sense of place), and the innovative techniques that stunned audiences time and time again. There will also be an opportunity to consider homage, remakes, and critical writings which investigate the often-controversial elements of a Hitchcock film.  

Key films will be: The Lodger (1927), Blackmail (1929), Sabotage (1936), Rebecca (1940), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963). 

All students enrolled on this course will be provided with private links to view the films mentioned above. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Sue Burge View Profile

Sue Burge is a poet, freelance creative writing tutor, mentor and editor based in North Norfolk. Her poems appear in a range of publications including The North, Mslexia, Magma, Under the Radar, Strix, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, The Ekphrastic Review, Lighthouse and Poetry News as well as in themed anthologies on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI, and the pandemic. Sue’s four poetry collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon 2018), Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018), The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020) and Confetti Dancers (Live Canon 2021). She is currently working on a new collection which explores the alter ego she left in Paris three decades ago. 

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