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A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema by Jennifer M. Bean
  

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema

Part of the a Camera Obscura book Series

Synopsis

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema by Jennifer M. Bean

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, Zhang Zhen

Reviews

This collection is a persuasive reminder that the hottest current topics in film theory-cultural intersections, questions of authorship, fantasy and technology, representation and the body-demand and are illuminated by feminist inquiry. - Linda Mizejewski, author of Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema Despite the enormous amount of work that has been done in the last two decades on women and early cinema, this anthology is the first of its kind. It is outstanding. -Judith Mayne, author of Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st November 2002

Author

Jennifer M. Bean

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Publisher

Duke University Press

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Feminism & feminist theory
Film theory & criticism

ISBN

9780822329992

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