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Gossip, Letters, PhonesThe Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature$
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Ned Schantz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.001.0001

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Voices Carry: Film and Telepathy

Voices Carry: Film and Telepathy

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(p.74) CHAPTER 4 Voices Carry: Film and Telepathy
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Gossip, Letters, Phones
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Ned Schantz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.003.0006

This chapter pursues the problem of coincidence on the telephone in its greatest cinematic example—Sorry, Wrong Number—all the way to the ambivalent dream of telepathy, a major fantasy of novelistic culture and troubling concern for film. Telepathy then structures a sustained comparison between film and the novel in terms of access to characters’ minds, a comparison developed in an extended reading of Shadow of a Doubt. Hitchcock’s film finally represents a turning away from telepathy and female knowledge—the double—edged legacy of the novel—toward a cinema of female mobility and speed.

Keywords:   telephone, coincidence, telepathy, female knowledge, female mobility, speed, Sorry, Wrong Number, Shadow of a Doubt

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