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Picturing American modernity : traffic, technology, and the silent cinema, Kristen Whissel

Label
Picturing American modernity : traffic, technology, and the silent cinema
Title
Picturing American modernity
Title remainder
traffic, technology, and the silent cinema
Statement of responsibility
Kristen Whissel
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Picturing American Modernity, Kristen Whissel investigates the relationship between early American cinema and the experience of technological modernity. She demonstrates how between the late 1890s and the eve of the First World War moving pictures helped the U.S. public understand the possibilities and perils of new forms of "traffic" produced by industrialization and urbanization. As more efficient ways to move people, goods, and information transformed work and leisure at home and contributed to the expansion of the U.S. empire abroad, silent films presented compelling visual representations of the spaces, bodies, machines, and forms of mobility that increasingly defined modern life in the United States and its new territories. Whissel shows that by portraying key events, achievements, and anxieties, the cinema invited American audiences to participate in the rapidly changing world around them. Moving pictures provided astonishing visual dispatches from military camps prior to the outbreak of fighting in the Spanish-American War. They allowed audiences to delight in images of the Pan-American Exposition, and also to mourn the assassination of President McKinley there. One early film genre, the reenactment, presented spectators with renditions of bloody battles fought overseas during the Philippine-American War. Early features offered sensational dramatizations of the scandalous "white slave trade," which was often linked to immigration and new forms of urban work and leisure. By bringing these frequently distant events and anxieties "near" to audiences in cities and towns across the country, the cinema helped construct an American national identity for the machine age
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whissel, Kristen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.T43
LC item number
W45 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Technik
  • Technology in motion pictures
  • Transportation in motion pictures
  • War films
  • Silent films
  • Film
  • Stummfilm
  • Film
  • Verkehr
  • Stummfilm
  • Film
  • Verkehr
  • Transport
  • Technischer Fortschritt
  • Motiv (Film)
  • Technik
  • Film
  • Gesellschaft
  • Verkehr
  • Technischer Fortschritt
  • Silent films
  • Technology in motion pictures
  • Transportation in motion pictures
  • War films
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Picturing American modernity : traffic, technology, and the silent cinema, Kristen Whissel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The early cinema encounters empire: war actualities, American modernity, and military masculinity -- Placing audiences on the scene of history: modern warfare and the battle reenactment at the turn of the century -- Electric modernity and the cinema at the pan-American exposition: the city of living light -- Regulating mobility: traffic, technology and feature-length narrativity
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9780822342014
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008013869
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)209335425
  • (OCoLC)ocn209335425
Label
Picturing American modernity : traffic, technology, and the silent cinema, Kristen Whissel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-262) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The early cinema encounters empire: war actualities, American modernity, and military masculinity -- Placing audiences on the scene of history: modern warfare and the battle reenactment at the turn of the century -- Electric modernity and the cinema at the pan-American exposition: the city of living light -- Regulating mobility: traffic, technology and feature-length narrativity
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9780822342014
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008013869
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)209335425
  • (OCoLC)ocn209335425

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