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

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You do not currently have access to this article. As the cinema began to separate itself from the commercial entertainments 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. Don’t have an account? Join Our Mailing List: 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.

In this process, Hansen argues, the cinema might also have provided the conditions of an alternative public sphere for americxn social groups, such as recent immigrants and women, by furnishing an intersubjective context in which they could recognize fragments of their own experience. Oxford University Press is a department of filmm University of Oxford.

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To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. 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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