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 gathered right here display how feminist historiographies instantly modify and improve ongoing debates over visuality and id, authorship, stardom, and nationalist ideologies in cinema and media stories. Drawing generally on archival learn, the gathering yields startling money owed of women's a number of roles as early manufacturers, administrators, writers, stars, and audience. It additionally engages pressing questions about cinema's means for featuring a sturdy field of vision, frequently on the rate of racially, sexually, or class-marked our bodies.

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

Reflecting the stimulating variety of early cinematic kinds, applied sciences, and narrative kinds, essays deal with more than a few topics—from the harmful sexuality of the urban flâneuse to the childlike femininity exemplified via Mary Pickford, from the Shanghai movie to Italian diva films—looking alongside the best way at birth-control sensation motion pictures, French crime serials, "war actualities," and the stylistic effect of artwork deco. ordinary in the course of the quantity is the protean determine of the hot girl, alternately garbed as infantile tomboy, athletic big name, enigmatic vamp, languid diva, operating woman, 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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