A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema
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 sta...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published November 21st 2002 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2002)
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Collection of essays on silent film and women, some focused on stars, some on filmmakers, some of audiences and fan culture. Most deal with real film history and only a few are overburdened with psychobabble and even the more obtuse ones have insightful passages. Some interesting ones include a study of Adela Rogers St. John's fiction writing, Pola Negri's persistent ethnicity, Pickford and the "Pedophile gaze" (don't let the title scare you), Garbo and art deco, the kinesthetic flapper, A Flori...more
I got this from the library but I think I need my own copy - the collection is that good and a great reference. The essays I have read (most) are solid: well researched, well argued, and interesting topics. The collection captures topics and themes often left out of standard film history discussions.