Jalika Conteh Presents Research at Symposium

Film study compares Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) and Disturbia (2007).  


Jalika Conteh ’10 presented, “The Gaze: Spectatorship in Rear Window and Disturbia” at Randolph College’s Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 17, 2009.

Conteh conducted the research project with faculty mentor, Jennifer Gauthier, associate professor of communication studies, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of Conteh’s project follows...

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) tells the story of L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, a photojournalist whose broken leg and habitual spying on his neighbors leads to the discovery that his neighbor Lars Thorwald killed his wife. Movie critics and scholars have both hailed the movie as a thematic masterpiece. In 2007, director D.J. Caruso released Disturbia , a movie about teenager Kale Brecht, who after being placed under house arrest suspects his neighbor Robert Turner of murder. This presentation explores similarities and differences present in Rear Window and Disturbia , particularly the manipulation of character and audience spectatorship, as well as each film’s treatment of its leading female protagonist, and the climatic confrontations between protagonist and antagonist. Although the gaze is manipulated to create two different movie genres, the latter film is in conversation with the former.

The Student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.

The two-day symposium, modeled after a typical academic conference, features oral presentations of student research, readings of creative work, musical performances, and exhibitions of student artwork. The symposium also includes a poster session, reception and a keynote address from a noteworthy academic speaker.

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