Amsterdam University Press
Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940
Title
Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940
Subtitle
Operational Detection
Price
€ 109,00
ISBN
9789462986527
Binding
Hardback
Number of pages
322
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Dimensions
23.4 x 15.6 cm
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Ilka Brasch

Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940

Operational Detection

Before the advent of television, cinema offered serialized films as a source of weekly entertainment. This book traces the history from the days of silent screen heroines to the sound era's daring adventure serials, unearthing a thriving film culture beyond the self-contained feature. Through extensive archival research, Ilka Brasch details the aesthetic appeals of film serials within their context of marketing and exhibition, looking at how they adapted the pleasures of a flourishing crime fiction culture to both serial visual culture and the affordances of the media-modernity of the early 20th century. The study furthermore traces the relationship of film serials to the broadcast models of radio and television and thereby shows how film serials introduced modes of storytelling that informed popular culture even beyond the serial's demise.

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Author

Ilka Brasch

Ilka Brasch is an assistant professor of American Studies at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. She was a member of the research unit 'Popular Seriality - Aesthetics and Practice' (Free University Berlin, 2013-2016), and she has presented on film serials at conferences in Germany, the United States, and France. Her most recent article appeared in Screen.