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 recasts the debate on early American cinema—and by implication on American film as a whole. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.

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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. If you originally registered with a username bzbel use that to sign in. Don’t have an account?

In each case the classical construction of spectatorship is complicated by factors of gender and babyoon, crystallizing around the fear and desire of the female consumer. Women at the Wheel: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

Babel and Babylon: spectatorship in American silent film

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