Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space
Edited by Jennifer M. Bean, Anupama Kapse & Laura Horak
Available from Indiana University Press.
In this cross-cultural history of narra!ve cinema and media from the 1910s to the 1930s, leading and emergent scholars explore the
transna!onal crossings and exchanges that occurred in early cinema between the two world wars. Drawing on film archives from around the world, this volume advances the premise that silent cinema freely crossed na!onal borders and linguis!c thresholds in ways that became far less possible a"er the emergence of sound. These essays address important ques!ons about the uneven forces–geographic, economic, political, psychological, textual, and experien!al–that underscore a nonlinear approach to film history. The "messiness" of film history, as demonstrated here, opens a new realm of inquiry into unexpected political, social, and aesthe!c crossings of silent cinema.