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Babel and Babylon

Spectatorship in American Silent Film

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$45.50 • £36.95 • €41.00

ISBN 9780674058316

Publication Date: 03/15/1994


390 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

57 halftones, 2 line illustrations


Babel and Babylon is a far-reaching book that leads us to new questions about history and theory. It amply proves that early cinema can be one of the most intriguing and productive domains of film study today.—Dana Polan, Film Criticism

Hansen’s expansive, detailed, and exceptionally erudite study assesses key instances when cinema spectatorship opened up the possibility of articulating the contradictions of female experience.—Constance Balides, Signs

A bold and strikingly original exploration… Hansen has produced a work that has revolutionized the concept of spectatorship in American silent film and that will be an essential tool for historians and film scholars alike.—Leslie Fishbein, American Historical Review

An innovative look at the role and impact of class and gender, Hansen’s work significantly realigns many of the issues that have traditionally dominated the study of American silent film.—Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., Journal of American History

A brilliant study of silent cinema, characterized by meticulous historical scholarship and rigorous and illuminating textual analyses… A work of the first importance in the wider debates about the nature of cultural production and consumption and about texts and reception… This book is a model of what cultural studies ought to be.—Richard Dyer, University of Warwick

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