Babel and Babylon: spectatorship in American silent film 1 A Cinema in Search of a Spectator: Film-Viewer Relations before Hollywoodpage 23; 2 Early. Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film. By Miriam Hansen. ( Cambridge: Harvard University Press, xii + pp. Babel and Babylon: spectatorship in American silent film / Miriam Hansen Topic: Silent films–History and criticism: Motion picture audiences–History.

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After tracing the emergence of spectatorship as an institution, Hansen pursues the question of reception through detailed readings of a single film, D. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.

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It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In each case the classical construction of spectatorship is complicated by factors of gender and sexuality, crystallizing around the fear and desire of the female consumer.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. In this process, Hansen argues, the cinema might also have provided the conditions of an alternative public sphere for particular social groups, such as recent immigrants and women, by furnishing an intersubjective context in which they could recognize fragments of their own experience. Race and America’s Long War. Women at the Wheel: Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?


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Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Spectatorship in American Silent Film. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Related articles in Google Scholar. Article PDF first page preview. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. You could not be signed in. As the cinema began to separate itself from the commercial entertainments in whose context films initially had been shown—vaudeville, dime museums, fairgrounds—a particular concept of its spectator was developed on the level of film style, as a means of predicting the reception of films on a mass scale.

In Babel and BabylonMiriam Hansen offers an original perspective on American film by tying the emergence of spectatorship to the historical transformation of the public sphere. Sign In or Create an Account.


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