I am very happy with how my project has been going so far. I have struggled in the beginning to determine what exactly my topic will be, and when I found the right sources they were the ones that led me to my topic. Because I found the right sources, I was able to narrow down my topic and let my project grow from there. I’ve learned a lot about Hitchcock’s films and the treatment of women both on and of screen, and I also learned about the historical context his movies were surrounded by. I am close to being done with my project, and am adding finishing touches which will determine how the paper looks and reads
I have made progress with the sources that I want to use in my research. The sources that are directly related to the topic I am researching have been hard to find because there are not many peer reviewed papers posted on it, especially from the perspective that isn’t completely condemning Hitchcock. I have also seen some of the films that I am including another time and gained more insight from them by noticing different details.
I have obtained a book that in my opinion gives the widest opinion about my topic (as it includes multiple perspectives), and I have also discovered some peer reviewed articles that I think will be of great use for my research.
My biggest concern was finding the articles as there were so little that spoke about Hitchock supporting femininity, but by changing some keywords in my online search I was able to find better sources.
The title of my project is “Femininity in Hitchcock’s Films-Male Dominance Questioned”. The title itself is a brief description of the whole purpose of the project, which is to show how the film director Alfred Hitchcock did not always portray men as the dominant gender in his movies. I think that the topic is relevant for the modern day and age because gender equality is a prominent problem currently, and my goal is to explore how Hitchcock, who is usually thought of as a very dominant figure, portrayed women as actually being those who have the upper hand. In addition to that, I also expect to learn how those roles affected the plot of his movies and how they related to his personal views of gender.
The methods I intend to use in my research are watching numerous of his films from different periods of his career, watching documentaries about him, as well as reading books that explore the man as well as his career. In addition, I will also be using scholarly articles that have done research on his films and the topic of gender.