UH West O‘ahu professor publishes chapter on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

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Posted: Nov 30, -0001

The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
UH West O‘ahu’s Dr. Stanley Orr co-authored “‘Souvenirs of a Killing: Vertigo, Empire, and the California Mission Revival”— a chapter solicited for the book The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage, and Commemoration (Scarecrow Press, 2011). Orr and co-author Dr. Martin Kevorkian, associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, find in Vertigo a critical evocation of the Anglo-American boosterism that romanticizes California’s Spanish past toward the end of commercial and ideological gain. Gathering fifteen scholarly essays that represent various disciplines and perspectives, The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was featured in the National Public Radio (NPR) piece “San Francisco’s Twisted Romance With ‘Vertigo’.” Editor Douglas A. Cunningham, assistant professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy, was interviewed by NPR’s Laura Sydell.
Dr. Stanley Orr serves as Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. He teaches courses in literature, film studies, and cultural studies. Orr is the author of Darkly Perfect World: Colonial Adventure, Postmodernism, and American Noir (2010), co-editor for a textbook entitled The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature (2006; revised edition 2008) and has published essays in Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly, Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, and Post-Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities.