CFP Children in Hitchcock films

full name / name of organization: 
Debbie Olson
contact email: 
debbieo@okstate.edu

CFP: Hitchcock’s Children (working title)

Although children and youth appear in a great number of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, they are rarely the focus of critical attention. This collection seeks to remedy that oversight and aims to add to the rich and varied tradition of Hitchcock scholarship. Many of the children and youth that appear in Hitchcock films are background or minor characters, yet they often hold special importance. From The Young and Innocent (1931), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Trouble With Harry(1955), and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) to The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964) children and youth perform both innocence and knowingness (and so much more) within Hitchcock’s complex cinematic texts. Though the child often plays a small part in Hitchcock’s films, their significance, both symbolically and philosophically, offers a unique opportunity to illuminate and interrogate the child presence.

Contributor’s are invited to submit critical and/or theoretical examinations of the children/youth characters in the full range of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, from his early silent’s to his later films. For the collection’s focus, children are defined as birth to age 12, while youth are defined as teenagers age 13 to 17.

Please send an abstract (200-500 words), current contact information, and brief biography (or CV) as attachments in Word (or compatible) by April 30, 2012, to Debbie Olson, debbieo@okstate.edu. Completed papers are due August 31st, 2012.

cfp categories: 
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
theory