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Melodrama and Modernity Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts cover
  • ISBN: 9780231113281
  • ISBN10: 0231113285

Melodrama and Modernity Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts

by Ben Singer

  • List Price: $90.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
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In this groundbreaking investigation into the nature and meanings of melodrama in American culture between 1880 and 1920, Ben Singer offers a challenging new reevaluation of early American cinema and the era that spawned it. Singer looks back to the sensational or "blood and thunder" melodramas (e.g., "The Perils of Pauline, The Hazards of Helen, " etc.) and uncovers a fundamentally modern cultural expression, one reflecting spectacular transformations in the sensory environment of the metropolis, in the experience of capitalism, in the popular imagination of gender, and in the exploitation of "the thrill" in popular amusement. Written with verve and panache, and illustrated with 100 striking photos and drawings, Singers study provides an invaluable historical and conceptual map both of melodrama as a genre on stage and screen and of modernity as a pivotal idea in social theory.
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Hardcover, no dj. Light shelfwear to covers with bookstore sticker on rear cover. Contents clean and tight. 363 pages, index, bibliography, notes, b&w illus.