Exploring the Enigma of Female Spectatorship in Silent Cinema
Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Explores the concept of spectatorship in relation to gender in the earliest period of film history in the United States known as the silent era. Argues that a new mode of spectatorship emerges for women during the 1920s, which employs to advantage the extra-diegetic components of spectacle in theater design, new customized genres for female filmgoers, fandom, and exotic male film stars, such as Rudolph Valentino. Focuses primarily on feminist film theory and on cultural studies as methodological models.
Dubois, Derek, "Silent Subversions" (2009). Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview. 32.
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