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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This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. 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. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Oxford University Press is a department of abd University of Oxford.

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Babel and Babylon: spectatorship in American silent film

Harvard University Press, 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.


Don’t have an account? You do not currently have access to this article. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. 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 babyllon an intersubjective context in which they could recognize fragments of their own experience.

Babel and Babylon Spectatorship in American Silent Film

Article PDF first page akerican. Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution. 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.

Related articles in Google Scholar. Babel and Babylon recasts the debate on early American cinema—and by implication on American film as a whole.

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Join Our Mailing List: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. After tracing the emergence of spectatorship as an institution, Hansen pursues the question of reception through detailed readings of a single film, D.

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