INTRODUCTION, THE CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT
"We are using quite a lot of video projection in the film which I suppose relates to the theme of performance and perception in the play...how you want to be seen...different layers of reality..." (Directer Maria Aberg, The White Devil, RSC, 2014)
“I see only from one point of view, but in my existence I am looked at from all sides” (Lacan, 1986, p. 72)
This stridently interdisciplinary study builds on recent postmodern advances in theatre, film, and media studies - in areas of identity, gender, and narrative.
The book argues for a realignment of cinema's own dissembling urban ironist, Alfred Hitchcock, within the Jacobean dramaturgical lineage, loooking to case study texts as Webster's The White Devil (1612) and Hitchcock's newly restored films, primarily Vertigo (1958), Sign and Sound 2012 Poll Best Film
The book further considers the vertiginous trends in new media technologies that have also, since the 1980s, beguiled users to fashion themselves as cyber observers, rhetors, Avatars and performers within the contemporary Jacobean panspectron environment.
Based on research, The Institute of Education, University of London.
“Every breath you take, every move you make, Every bond you break, every claim you stake, I’ll be watching you. Oh can’t you see, you belong to me.” (The Police, 1983)
Bio Pic: Dr. Taylor, CILECT African Regional Conference, Johannesburg, 2011. Background pics, Book Cover.
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