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Reading the Cinematograph: Short Fiction and the Intermedial Spheres of Early Cinema

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Shail

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Abstract

Appearances of cinema in fiction were numerous even in the earliest years. This article discusses the evidence about impressions of the new technology preserved in nine short stories written before 1905, all of which were first published in the UK, and all of which make cinema the fulcrum of the plot. It focuses on the popular profile that these dramatic structures show cinema to have possessed in these years of least agreement about its purposes and predilections, and suggests that this deeply embedded 'spontaneous intermediality' nonetheless awarded cinema a distinctive identity even before it achieved a media identity of its own in the ensuing years.


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Author(s): Shail A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Early Popular Visual Culture

Year: 2010

Volume: 8

Issue: 1

Pages: 47-62

Print publication date: 01/02/2010

ISSN (print): 1746-0654

ISSN (electronic): 1746-0662

Publisher: Routledge

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17460650903516002

DOI: 10.1080/17460650903516002


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