Contesting the Wheel: Hitchcock's Female Drivers

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Abstract

This article considers the recurring motif of the female driver in a selection of films by Alfred Hitchcock. By placing these screen representations of female drivers within the context of prevailing attitudes found throughout twentieth-century American society, the discussion seeks to evaluate Hitchcock’s creative deployment of potent cultural issues in his work. In this pursuit, the article identifies certain disparities in the portrayals of female drivers, resulting in both positive and negative depictions, which can be related to the director’s broader ambivalence towards femininity throughout his oeuvre.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages15
JournalFilm Studies
Volume21
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2020