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Reading the Cinematograph: The Cinema in British Short Fiction 1896-1912

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Reading the Cinematograph pairs eight short stories about the cinema—including works by such notables as Rudyard Kipling and Sax Rohmer—with eight new essays from leading film and literary scholars like Tom Gunning and Andrew Higson to reveal the influence that film and fiction had on one another in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Andrew Shail is a lecturer in film at Newcastle University.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Reading the Cinematograph: Introduction

      Andrew Shail


Story 1: Our Detective Story

      Dagonet [George R. Sims]

Chapter 1: George R. Sims and the Film as Evidence

      Stephen Bottomore 

Story 2: The Awful Story of Heley Croft

      A. S. Appelbee

Chapter 2: Cinema Re-Mystified: A. S. Appelbee’s Technological Ghost Story

      David Trotter and Chris O’Rourke

Story 3: Colonel Rankin’s Advertisement

      Raymond Rayne

Chapter 3: The Great American Kinetograph: News, Fakery and the Boer War

      Andrew Shail

Story 4: Mrs. Bathurst

      Rudyard Kipling

Chapter 4: ‘The Very Thing’: Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Mrs Bathurst’

      Tom Gunning

Story 5: The Green Spider

      A[rthur Henry] Sarsfield Ward, a.k.a. Sax Rohmer

Chapter 5: ‘Only from the Senses’: Detection, Early Cinema and a Giant Green Spider

      Stacy Gillis

Story 6: Romantic Lucy

      Alphonse Courlander

Chapter 6: ‘She Had So Many Appearances’: Alphonse Courlander and the Birth of the ‘Moving Picture Girl’

      Jon Burrows

Story 7: Love and the Bioscope: A Heart-Thrilling Story of a Deserted Bride 

      Mrs H. J. Bickle Chapter 7: Melodrama, Sensation and the Discourse of Modernity in ‘Love and the Bioscope’

      Lise Shapiro Sanders Story 8: The Sense of Touch
      Ole Luk-Oie

Chapter 8: A visit to the cinema in 1912: ‘The Sense of Touch’
      Andrew Higson



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