Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon

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"In this superbly researched and engagingly written volume, Shelley Stamp has covered all the bases in dealing with women and silent American cinema of the early feature era. From describing the protocol of dress and behavior for women at nickelodeons and early picture places, to providing the most thorough treatment of the white slavery scare and its effect on early filmmaking, Stamp provides a model film history, keenly aware of the images on the screen, women's political activism in relation to film, and the practices of everyday life in moviegoing. This is the book to read on women and American silent film as it established itself as an aesthetic, social, and political practice."—Tom Gunning, University of Chicago

"Shelley Stamp's argument challenges the dominant over-simplified view of gender and spectatorship during the 1910s. She combines important, ground-breaking research with a good, clear writing style. The book is a pleasure to read."—Donald Crafton, University of Notre Dame

"Shelley Stamp has discovered a deep range of new documents that will be of critical importance to scholars who wish to expand upon the theories of spectatorship and broader theories of gender and visuality. The figure of the 'movie-struck girl' provides an excellent model for the contradictions of female spectatorship—a spectator caught between her fascination with the screen image and her projective identification with her own reflection. Stamp has provided superb historical grounding for further exploration of such contradictions."—Anne Friedberg, University of California, Irvine

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A delightful and informative read and destined to be a classic in the field of film studies, this book is bound to attract a broad audience of scholars and movie buffs interested in learning more about the connections between movies and women in the early years of the film industry.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000

Finalist for the 2000 Theatre Library Association Award

"A delightful and informative read and destined to be a classic in the field of film studies, this book is bound to attract a broad audience of scholars and movie buffs interested in learning more about the connections between movies and women in the early years of the film industry."—
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691044576
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• 1. Spare Us One Evening: Cultivating Cinema's Female Audience
• Playing to the Ladies
• Added Attractions: Women in the Audience
• 2. Is Any Girl Safe? Motion Pictures, Women's Leisure, and the White Slavery Scare
• The White Slavery Scare
• White Slavery and Motion Picture Audiences
• White Slavery on the Screen
• Female Spectators at the White Slave Films
• 3. Ready-Made Customers: Female Movie Fans and the Serial Craze
• Promoting Pauline
• The Biggest Thrills Are Yet to Come: Serial Desire and the Heterogeneous Text
• An Awful Struggle between Love and Ambition: Serial Heroines and Modern Femininity
• What Sort of Fellow Is Pearl White? Serial Queens and Their Female Fans
• 4. Civic Housekeeping: Women's Suffrage, Female Viewers, and the Body Politic
• Defining Female Citizenship in Suffrage Comedies
• Recruiting Female Viewers
• Civic Housekeeping and the Conservative Appeal
• Conclusion
• Notes
• Selected Bibliography
• Index

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