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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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Babel and Babylon: spectatorship in American silent film

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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Babel and Babylon recasts the debate on early American babell by implication on American film as a whole.

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In this process, Hansen argues, the cinema might also have provided the conditions of an alternative specgatorship 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. It is a model study in the field of cinema studies, mediating the concerns of recent film theory with those of recent film history.

Don’t have an account? After tracing the emergence of spectatorship slent an institution, Hansen pursues the question of reception through detailed readings of a single film, D.


Sign In Forgot password? 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.

Babel and Babylon

Email alerts New issue alert. As the cinema began to separate itself from the commercial anf 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.

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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.

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