Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film / Edition 1

Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film / Edition 1

by Miriam Hansen
     
 

Miriam Hansen offers an original perspective on American film by tying the emergence of spectatorship to the historical transformation of the public sphere. Focusing on exemplary moments in the American silent era, she explains how the concept of the spectator evolved as a crucial part of the classical Hollywood paradigm--as one of the new industry's strategies to… See more details below

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Miriam Hansen offers an original perspective on American film by tying the emergence of spectatorship to the historical transformation of the public sphere. Focusing on exemplary moments in the American silent era, she explains how the concept of the spectator evolved as a crucial part of the classical Hollywood paradigm--as one of the new industry's strategies to integrate ethnically, socially, and sexually differentiated audiences in a modern culture of consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674058316
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cinema Spectatorship and Public Life

PART I: Rebuilding the Tower of Babel: The Emergence of Spectatorship

1. A Cinema in Search of a Spectator: Film-Viewer Relations before Hollywood

2. Early Audiences: Myths and Models

3. Chameleon and Catalyst: The Cinema as an Alternative Public Sphere

PART II: Babel in Babylon: D. W. Grffith's Intolerance (1916)

4. Reception, Textual System, and Self-Definition

5. "A Radiant Crazy-Quilt": Patterns of Narration and Address

6. Genesis, Causes, Concepts of History

7. Film History, Archaeology Universal Language

8. Hieroglyphics, Figurations of Writing

9. Riddles of Maternity

10. Crisis of Femininity, Fantasies of Rescue

PART III: The Return of Babylon: Rudolph Valentino and Female Spectatorship (1921-1926)

11. Male Star, Female Fans

12. Patterns of Vision, Scenarios of Identification

Notes

Illustration Credits

Index

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