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L Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Jun 2006 14:41:00 -0700
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Americanizing the Movies and "Movie-Mad" Audiences, 1910-1914

Richard Abel is the Robert Altman Collegiate 
Professor of Film Studies at the University of 
Michigan. He is the author of _Encyclopedia of 
Early Cinema, The Red Rooster Scare: Making 
Cinema American_ (UC Press), and _The Ciné Goes 
to Town_ (UC Press), among other books.

"Like all of Richard Abel's previous works, this 
book is characterized by careful marshalling of 
data and the exploration of new sources. There is 
a wealth of extremely important, instructive 
information, and the book provides an 
encyclopedic treatment of film exhibition in the 
early 1910s and the key film genres of the 
period.  This will be an important book for film 
studies."-Lea Jacobs, University of Wisconsin, 

This engaging, deeply researched study provides 
the richest and most nuanced picture we have to 
date of cinema-both movies and movie-going-in the 
early 1910s. At the same time, it makes clear the 
profound relationship between early cinema and 
the construction of a national identity in this 
important transitional period in the United 
States. Richard Abel looks closely at sensational 
melodramas, including westerns (cowboy, 
cowboy-girl, and Indian pictures), Civil War 
films (especially girl-spy films), detective 
films, and animal pictures-all popular genres of 
the day that have received little critical 
attention. He simultaneously analyzes film 
distribution and exhibition practices in order to 
reconstruct a context for understanding 
moviegoing at a time when American cities were 
coming to grips with new groups of immigrants and 
women working outside the home.Abel sheds new 
light on the history of the film industry, on 
working-class and immigrant culture at the turn 
of the century, and on the process of imaging a 
national community.

Full information about the bookis available online:

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite