By Jennifer M. Bean,Diane Negra,Amelie Hastie,Jane M. Gaines

A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema marks a brand new period of feminist movie scholarship. The twenty essays accrued the following display how feminist historiographies immediately regulate and enhance ongoing debates over visuality and id, authorship, stardom, and nationalist ideologies in cinema and media experiences. Drawing largely on archival examine, the gathering yields startling debts of women's a number of roles as early manufacturers, administrators, writers, stars, and audience. It additionally engages pressing questions on cinema's ability for offering a good visual view, usually on the fee of racially, sexually, or class-marked our bodies.

While fostering new methods of puzzling over movie history, A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema illuminates the numerous questions that the concept that of "early cinema" itself increases in regards to the relation of gender to modernism, illustration, and applied sciences of the physique. The participants deliver a few disciplinary frameworks to undergo, together with not just movie reviews but in addition postcolonial stories, dance scholarship, literary research, philosophies of the physique, and theories relating to modernism and postmodernism.

Reflecting the stimulating range of early cinematic kinds, applied sciences, and narrative types, essays handle a number topics—from the damaging sexuality of the urban flâneuse to the childlike femininity exemplified by way of Mary Pickford, from the Shanghai movie to Italian diva films—looking alongside the way in which at birth-control sensation motion pictures, French crime serials, "war actualities," and the stylistic impact of artwork deco. routine through the quantity is the protean determine of the recent lady, alternately garbed as infantile tomboy, athletic famous person, enigmatic vamp, languid diva, operating lady, 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

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