A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Camera Obscura Book)

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Camera Obscura Book)

By: Jennifer M. Bean (editor), Diane Negra (editor)Paperback

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A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema marks a new era of feminist film scholarship. The twenty essays collected here demonstrate how feminist historiographies at once alter and enrich ongoing debates over visuality and identification, authorship, stardom, and nationalist ideologies in cinema and media studies. Drawing extensively on archival research, the collection yields startling accounts of women's multiple roles as early producers, directors, writers, stars, and viewers. It also engages urgent questions about cinema's capacity for presenting a stable visual field, often at the expense of racially, sexually, or class-marked bodies. While fostering new ways of thinking about film history, A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema illuminates the many questions that the concept of "early cinema" itself raises about the relation of gender to modernism, representation, and technologies of the body. The contributors bring a number of disciplinary frameworks to bear - including not only film studies, but also postcolonial studies, dance scholarship, literary analysis, philosophies of the body, and theories regarding modernism and postmodernism. Reflecting the stimulating diversity of early cinematic styles, technologies, and narrative forms, essays address a range of topics - from the dangerous sexuality of the urban flaneuse to the childlike femininity exemplified by Mary Pickford, from the Shanghai film industry to Italian diva films - looking along the way at birth-control sensation films, French crime serials, "war actualities," and the stylistic influence of art deco. Recurring throughout the volume is the protean figure of the New Woman, alternately garbed as childish tomboy, athletic star, enigmatic vamp, languid diva, working girl, kinetic flapper, and primitive exotic. Contributors: Constance Balides, Jennifer M. Bean, Kristine Butler, Mary Ann Doane, Lucy Fischer, Jane Gaines, Amelie Hastie, Sumiko Higashi, Lori Landay, Anne Morey, Diane Negra, Catherine Russell, Siobhan B. Somerville, Shelley Stamp, Gaylyn Studlar, Angela Dalle Vacche, Radha Vatsal, Kristen Whissel, Patricia White, and Zhang Zhen.

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Jennifer M. Bean is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington.Diane Negra is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia.


Introduction Towards a Feminist Historiography of Early Cinema Jennifer M. Bean, University of Washington-Seattle I Reflecting Film Authorship Circuits of Memory and History: The Memoirs of Alice Guy--Blache Amelie Hastie, University of California, Santa Cruz Nazimova's Veils: Salome at the Intersection of Film Histories Patricia White, Swarthmore College Of Cabbages and Authors Jane Gaines, Duke University Reevaluating Footnotes: Women Filmmakers of the Silent Era Radha Vatsal II Ways of Looking The Gender of Empire: American Modernity, Masculinity and Edison's War Actualities Kristen Whissel, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Making Ends Meet: "Welfare Films" and the Politics of Consumption During the Progressive Era Constance Balides, Tulane University Irma Vep, Vamp in the City: Mapping the Criminal Feminine in Early French Serials Kristine Butler, University of Wisconsin, River Falls The Flapper Film: Comedy, Dance and Jazz Age Kinaesthetics Lori Landay, Berklee College of Music, Boston III Cultual Inversions The Queer Career of Jim Crow: Racial and Sexual Transformation in A Florida Enchantment Siobhan B. Somerville, Purdue University Taking Precautions, or Contraceptive Technology and Cinema's Regulatory Apparatus Shelley Starnp, University of California, Santa Cruz The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecil B. DeMille's Sex Comedies Sumiko Higashi, State University of New York, Brockport 'So Real As to Seem Like Life Itself': The Photoplay Fiction of Adela Rogers St. Johns Anne Morey, Texas A & M University IV. Performing Bodies Oh, "Doll Divine". Mary Pickford, Masquerade, and the Pedophilic Gaze Gaylyn Studlar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Immigrant Stardom in Imperial America: Pola Negri and the Problem of Typology Diane Negra, University of North Texas Technologies of Early Stardom and the Extraordinary Body Jennifer M. Bean, University of Washington-Seattle Femininity in Flight: Androgyny and Gynandry in Early Silent Italian Cinema Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Instiute of Technology Greta Garbo and Silent Cinema: The Actress as Art Deco Icon Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh V. The Problem with Periodization Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Women as Vernacular Embodiment in Early Chinese Film Culture Zhen Zhang, New York University Technology's Body: Cinematic Vision in Modernity Mary Ann Doane, Brown University Parallax Historiography: the Flaneuse as Cyberfeminist Catherine Russell , Concordia University, Montreal

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  • publication date: 21/11/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780822329992
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9780822329992
  • weight: 912
  • ISBN10: 0822329999

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