Melodrama and Modernity Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts
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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…
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/5/2001
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Ben Singer is assistant professor of film studies at University of Wisconsin - Madison.
|List of Illustrations|
|Meanings of Modernity|
|Meanings of Melodrama|
|Sensationalism and the World of Urban Modernity|
|Making Sense of the Modernity Thesis|
|Melodrama and the Consequences of Capitalism|
|Ten-Twenty-Thirty Melodrama: Boom and Bust|
|"Child of Commerce! Bastard of Art!": Early Film Melodrama|
|Power and Peril in the Serial-Queen Melodrama|
|Marketing Melodrama: Serials and Intertextuality|
|Index of Names and Subjects|
|Index of Titles|