The Women Who Knew Too Much
Hitchcock and Feminist Theory, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2005 – 200 pages
First published in 1988, The Women Who Knew Too Much remains a classic work in film theory and criticism. The book consists of a theoretical introduction and analyses of seven important films by Alfred Hitchcock, each of which provides a basis for an analysis of the female spectator as well as of the male spectator. Modleski considers the emotional and psychic investments of men and women in female characters whose stories often undermine the mastery of the cinematic Master of Suspense. This new edition features a new chapter which considers the last 15 years of Hitchcock criticism as it relates to the ideas in this landmark book.
Tania Modleski is Florence R. Scott Professor of English at the University of Southern California. Among her other books are Loving with a Vengeance and Feminism without Women.