Off to the Pictures: Cinemagoing, Women's Writing and Movie Culture in Interwar Britain
Lisa Stead (Author)
DescriptionExamines women's constructions of selfhood through film and literature in interwar Britain'Off to the Pictures: Cinemagoing, Women's Writing and Movie Culture in Interwar Britain' offers a rich new exploration of interwar women's fictions and their complex intersections with cinema. Interrogating a range of writings, from newspapers and magazines to middlebrow and modernist fictions, the book takes the reader through the diverse print and storytelling media that women constructed around interwar film-going, arguing that literary forms came to constitute an intermedial gendered cinema culture at this time.Using detailed case studies, this innovative book draws upon new archival research, industrial analysis and close textual readings to consider cinema's place in the fictions and critical writings of major literary figures such as Winifred Holtby, Stella Gibbons, Elizabeth Bowen, Jean Rhys, Elinor Glyn, C. A. Lejeune and Iris Barry. Through the lens of feminist film historiography, 'Off to the Pictures' presents a bold new view of interwar cinema culture, read through the creative reflections of the women who experienced it.
Edinburgh University Press
28 February 2018
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