|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation will critically assess how Alfred Hitchcock creates suspense in his 1960
suspenseful horror film Psycho. Drawing from a range of different schools of thought, this
study will test the boundaries of a number of different theoretical frameworks and their
relevancy in regards to the formulation of suspense.
Initially, this study will examine the components involved in the initial stages of the
formulation of suspense. With reference to Wulff’s theory of anticipation and narrative
cataphora, an analysis is performed that assesses Hitchcock’s use of promotional material and
his construction of misé en scene. Citing key moments within the text, the opening stages of
this study examines how Hitchcock uses narrative and cinematic ‘triggers’ to create
anticipation within the response of the spectator.
Furthermore, this dissertation will draw from a range of psychological concepts that account
for the way in which audiences respond to suspense. By way of textual analysis, it will apply
these theories to the text and seek to evaluate how they are heightened or diminished at
pivotal moments of the diagesis.
Finally, it will conclude by examining how Hitchcock uses narrative frameworks to release
the audience from a range of emotions including anxiety and tension. Discussing the
pleasures that the spectator derives from the text, it will pay particularly attention to the
aspects of violence and the affect it has on the release of suspense.||en_US