Casting aside the traditional conception of film as an outgrowth of photography, theater, and the novel, the essays in this volume reassess the relationship between the emergence of film and the broader culture of modernity. Contributors, leading scholars in film and cultural studies, link the popularity of cinema in the late nineteenth century to emerging cultural phenomena such as window shopping, mail-order catalogs, and wax museums.
Richard Abel, Leo Charney, Margaret Cohen, Jonathan Crary, Tom Gunning, Miriam Bratu Hansen, Alexandra Keller, Jeannene M. Pryzblyski, Erika Rappaport, Mark Sandberg, Vanessa R. Schwartz, Ben Singer, Marcus Verhagen
Leo Charney is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa and Vanessa R. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of History at The American University in Washington, D.C.
"This is one of the finest, freshest, and most suggestive anthologies I've come across in recent years."—Stuart Liebman, City University of New York Graduate Center