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Interpreting Films:
Studies in the Historical Reception of American Cinema
Janet Staiger

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures and Sources
Preface
Pt. 1Theoretical Concerns1
Ch. 1The Use-Value of Reception Studies3
Ch. 2Reception Studies in Other Disciplines16
Ch. 3Reception Studies in Film and Television49
Ch. 4Toward a Historical Materialist Approach to Reception Studies79
Pt. 2Studies in the History of the Reception of American Films99
Ch. 5Rethinking "Primitive" Cinema: Intertextuality, the Middle-Class Audience, and Reception Studies101
Ch. 6"The Handmaiden of Villainy": Foolish Wives, Politics, Gender Orientation, and the Other124
Ch. 7The Birth of a Nation: Reconsidering Its Reception139
Ch. 8The Logic of Alternative Readings: A Star Is Born154
Ch. 9With the Compliments of the Auteur: Art Cinema and the Complexities of Its Reading Strategies178
Ch. 10Chameleon in the Film, Chameleons in the Audience; or, Where Is Parody? The Case of Zelig196
Epilogue210
Notes213
Select Bibliography259
Index271

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