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Journal Article
"Dear Miss Lonelyhearts": Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in <i>Rear Window</i>

"Dear Miss Lonelyhearts": Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in Rear Window

JournalClues: A Journal of Detection
PublisherMcFarland Publishers
ISSN0742-4248 (Print)
1940-3046 (Online)
SubjectPopular Culture
IssueVolume 31, Number 1 / Spring 2013
Pages45-56
DOI10.3172/CLU.31.1.45
Online DateWednesday, April 10, 2013


Authors
Nicholas Andrew Miller1

1Film Studies Program, Loyola University Maryland

Abstract

Rear Window offers a powerful meditation on the ethical implications of private voyeurism in the public sphere. The film draws thematic inspiration from Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts, appropriating the novella's title to designate a key minor character and to herald Hitchcock's trenchant investigation of human suffering and "rear window ethics."

Keywords
Hitchcock, Alfred, Rear Window, voyeurism, West, Nathanael, Woolrich, Cornell
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