Category Archives: Articles

Affect and machines in the media

My article on “Affect and Machines in the Media” was just published in The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing, edited by Rafael A. Calvo, Sidney D’Mello, Jonathan Gratch, and Arvid Kappas. This essay discusses major cultural fantasies and preconceptions about machines and emotion, as these have been formed in science fiction literature, film, and popular

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The Lodger (1927): Alfred Hitchcock’s first feature film

Although he had directed films before The Lodger, Alfred Hitchcock described this as his true directorial debut. Indeed, watching the film today is complicated by just how much one knows about the director and his personal styles. Many of his signature moves seem to be present here, preternaturally present, elements of an authorial signature that

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Rethinking the Shower Scene

The online magazine PopMatters hosted a celebration of the work of Alfred Hitchcock in June 2010, partly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Psycho. I was invited to contribute a featured  article on Psycho, and also wrote new evaluations and reviews of some of Hitchcock’s most memorable films. My article is titled ‘Get Out of

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