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For the Love of Pleasure

Women, Movies, and Culture in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago

Lauren Rabinovitz (author)

ISBN: 9780813525341

Publication Date: Jul 1998

Format: Paperback

The technological, economic and social landscape of the consumer society was formed between the 1880s and 1920s. The author of this study shows how cinema played a key role in changing the urban landscape, using Chicago as a model and linking cinema theory with women's studies.

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One of the most readable books on early cinema I have ever encountered. . . . Rabinovitz ably brings together a wealth of information about the exciting era of social change that marked the beginning of U.S. cinema." --Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age. The period from the 1880s until the 1920s saw the making of a consumer society, the inception of the technological, economic, and social landscape in which we currently live. Cinema played a key role in the changing urban landscape. For working-class women, it became a refuge from the factory. For middle-class women, it presented a new language of sexual danger and pleasure. Women found greater freedom in big cities, entering the workforce in record numbers and moving about unchaperoned in public spaces. Turn-of-the-century Chicago surpassed even New York as a proving ground for pleasure and education, attracting women workers at three times the national rate. Using Chicago as a model, Lauren Rabinovitz analyzes the rich interplay among demographic, visual, historical, and theoretical materials of the period. She skillfully links cinema theory and women's studies for a fuller understanding of cultural history. She also demonstrates how cinema dramatically affected social conventions, ultimately shaping modern codes of masculinity and femininity. Lauren Rabinovitz is a professor of American studies and film studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Points of Resistance: Women, Power, and Politics in the New York Avant-Garde Cinema, 1943-71, co-author of the award-winning CD-ROM The Rebecca Project, and co-editor of Seeing Through the Media: The Persian Gulf War.
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 31 Jul 1998
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Films, cinema   Gender studies, gender groups   Film: styles & genres   Feminism & feminist theory  

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