US Newspaper Women Take On the Movies, 1914-1923
Women’s Media History Now!
Published by: University of Illinois Press
272 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 25.00 mm, 5 black & white photographs
- ISBN: 9780252086045
- Published: September 2021
An invaluable collection of rare archival sources, Movie Mavens reveals women's essential contribution to the creation of American film culture.
"Juxtaposing biographical information found through archival research with samples of film criticism transcribed from local papers, Abel throws a much-needed light on the female columnists who originally mediated the pictures for a mass audience increasingly defined by young women and girls." --Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
"With a scholar's knack for detail, Abel provides context for this crucial period of cinema history. An illuminating combination of scholarship and nostalgia." --Library Journal
"A revelation! From snarky hard-talking dames to tartly respectable scholars, Movie Mavens recovers the diverse and compelling voices of the legions of newspaperwomen who wrote about movies during the tumultuous 1910s and early 1920s. An invaluable resource from a model film historian."--Laura Horak, author of Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934