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The Birds

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The Birds
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Camille Paglia
SeriesBFI Film Classics
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 190,Width 135
Category/GenreFilm theory and criticism
ISBN/Barcode 9781838719401
Professional & Vocational
Edition 2nd edition
Illustrations 29 colour illus19 b/w illus

Publishing Details

Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint BFI Publishing
Publication Date 28 May 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom


Drawing on Daphne du Maurier's short story and contemporary newspaper reports of bird attacks in California, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) featured Tippi Hedren in her first starring role. Camille Paglia's compelling study considers the film's aesthetic, technical and mythical qualities, and analyses its depiction of gender and family relations. A film about anxiety, sexual power and the violence of nature, it is quintessential Hitchcock. Camille Paglia's foreword to this new edition reflects upon the relationship between Hitchcock and his leading lady Hedren in the light of recent debates about male power, female agency and the #MeToo movement.

Author Biography

Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA. She is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990).


The slim book is Paglia at her most discerning, precise, and enjoyable. * Electric Ghost * Characteristically provocative and engrossing. * The Best American Poetry blog *