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Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov$
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Barbara Straumann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636464

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636464.001.0001

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Inhabiting Feminine Suspicion

Inhabiting Feminine Suspicion

(p.127) Chapter 4 Inhabiting Feminine Suspicion
Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov

Barbara Straumann

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the figurations of exile in Suspicion. The discussion takes a look at three primary areas, which are the dislocations performed by the aesthetic language of the film, the psychic homelessness Lina imagines and the murderous secret of her family. It then tries to emphasise the consequences of Lina’s mental wandering, concluding that Hitchcock’s work is not placed against any violent rupture, but rather maps trajectories which accept the unsettling effects of fantasy.

Keywords:   figurations, exile, dislocations, aesthetic language, psychic homelessness, Suspicion, mental wandering, effects of fantasy

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