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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


  • Introduction: Cinema Spectatorship and Public Life
  • I. Rebuilding the Tower of Babel: The Emergence of Spectatorship
    • 1. A Cinema in Search of a Spectator: Film–Viewer Relations before Hollywood
    • 2. Early Audiences: Myths and Models
    • 3. Chameleon and Catalyst: The Cinema as an Alternative Public Sphere
  • II. Babel in Babylon: D. W. Grffith’s Intolerance (1916)
    • 4. Reception, Textual System, and Self-Definition
    • 5. “A Radiant Crazy-Quilt”: Patterns of Narration and Address
    • 6. Genesis, Causes, Concepts of History
    • 7. Film History, Archaeology Universal Language
    • 8. Hieroglyphics, Figurations of Writing
    • 9. Riddles of Maternity
    • 10. Crisis of Femininity, Fantasies of Rescue
  • III. The Return of Babylon: Rudolph Valentino and Female Spectatorship (1921–1926)
    • 11. Male Star, Female Fans
    • 12. Patterns of Vision, Scenarios of Identification
  • Notes
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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