Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth

Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth

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Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth is a broad cultural study that connects the rise of film to the rise of America as a cultural center and world power in the twentieth century. Cohen argues that through the medium of film, America was able to sever its literary and linguistic ties to Europe, assert its cultural independence, and forge a unique form of cultural expression. Silent films drew on elements developed in popular forms of representation like photography, landscape panoramas, and vaudeville performance to create a medium that more accurately represented the American more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 152.7 x 233.9 x 13.5mm | 457.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous halftones
  • 019514094X
  • 9780195140941
  • 1,671,666

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Much of Cohen's stimulating book deals with a conjunction in American history, the arrival of film around 1900 just at the right time for a vibrant national mythology to find its perfect medium.... She posits a strong case for a marriage made in historical heaven between this mythology and film. * Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic *show more

About Paula Marantz Cohen

Paula Marantz Cohen is Professor of Humanities and Director of the Literature Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her books include Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism and The Daughter's Dilemma: Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic more

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