Melodrama and Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts

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Columbia University Press, 5 abr. 2001 - 256 páginas
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In this groundbreaking investigation into the nature and meanings of melodrama in American culture between 1880 and 1920, Ben Singer offers a challenging new reevaluation of early American cinema and the era that spawned it. Singer looks back to the sensational or "blood and thunder" melodramas (e.g., The Perils of Pauline, The Hazards of Helen, etc.) and uncovers a fundamentally modern cultural expression, one reflecting spectacular transformations in the sensory environment of the metropolis, in the experience of capitalism, in the popular imagination of gender, and in the exploitation of the thrill in popular amusement. Written with verve and panache, and illustrated with 100 striking photos and drawings, Singer's study provides an invaluable historical and conceptual map both of melodrama as a genre on stage and screen and of modernity as a pivotal idea in social theory.
 

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Índice

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments
xiii
Introduction
1
Meanings of Modernity
17
Meanings of Melodrama
37
Sensationalism and the World of Urban Modernity
59
Making Sense of the Modernity Thesis
101
Melodrama and the Consequences of Capitalism
131
Child of Commerce Bastard of Art Early Film Melodrama
189
Power and Peril in the SerialQueen Melodrama
221
Marketing Melodrama Serials and Intertextuality
263
Conclusion
289
Notes
297
Bibliography
331
Index of Names and Subjects
357
Index of Titles
361

TenTwentyThirty Melodrama Boom and Bust
149

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Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
Richard Abel
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Sobre el autor (2001)

Ben Singer is assistant professor of film studies at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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