Hitchcock: Homosexuality, Perversity (LGBTQ)

Research in progress: June 4, 2021.

Hitchcock: Homosexuality, Perversity (LGBTQ)

H’s penchant for practical jokes and fascination with homosexuality persisted throughout his life and played a role in his career.

Homosexuality is the model of human perversity within aestheticism in H’s work.

Homo is deemed perverse and threatens the normal hetero romance

But aestheticism in H functions to undercut romance, not to reaffirm that romance.

H is not simply concerned with undermining the values of romantic love (Richard Allen, p. 118).

He used all kinds of reasons and pretexts for the staging of a shadowy world of perversity that lies beneath the veneer of orthodoxy and conventional values.

Forces of perversity cannot be contained within heterosexual desire.

Artifice registers the lure of human perversity as a force that threatens romance and moral conventions that it reaffirms.

In the context of narcissistic perversion, aestheticism can be understood in relation to:

IdealizedĀ  self-objectification of aesthete (thru presentation of his own dandified body)

Art work considered asĀ  a fetish object that involves fabrication of perfect, more than real surfaces.

Strangers on a Train

In the Cold War era, the construction of male and female subjectivity was conditioned by the identification of homosexuality and lesbianism as threats to the national security.