Screening Out the Past: The Birth of Mass Culture and the Motion Picture Industry - Softcover
"A scrupulously argued, clearly written account of Hollywood's role in bringing America skipping and giggling from the Victorian world into the twentieth century."—Philip French, London Sunday Observer
"It is impossible to follow a narrow trail through the movies. The vistas keep opening, and May, linking movies to mass society, finds and makes new perceptions on emerging women, the rise of the studios, the special growth and appeal of Los Angeles, the nature of studio leadership and the early and persistent imputed corrupting power of film."—Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times
"Lary May . . . has provided a set of new and rich insights into the changing patterns of American culture, 1890-1929. . . . His concentration on social and cultural history indirectly provides answers to questions which have baffled political historians for several decades."—David W. Noble, Minneapolis Tribune
"[Screening Out the Past is] a scrupulously argued, clearly written account of Hollywood's role in bringing America skipping and giggling from the Victorian world into the twentieth century. May is splendid on the psychology of the immigrant movie moguls, on Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford as post Great War role models, and many other things."—Philip French, London Sunday Observor
"Altogether, the book represents the most successful blending of movie and cultural history to date."—Benjamin McArthur, Journal of Social History
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About the Author:
Lary May is a professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of "Screening out the Past" and editor of "Recasting America,"
Larry May is a Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis and Strategic Research Professor of Social Justice at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He is the author or editor of more than 70 articles and more than 20 books, including The Morality of War; Crimes against Humanity: A Normative Account, which won a best book prize from the North American Society for Social Philosophy and an honorable mention from the American Society of International Law; War Crimes and Just War, which won the Frank Chapman Sharp Prize for best book on the philosophy of war and peace by the American Philosophical Association; Aggression and Crimes Against Peace, which won a best book prize from the International Association of Penal Law; and Genocide: A Normative Account.
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- PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
- Publication date1983
- ISBN 10 0226511731
- ISBN 13 9780226511733
- Edition number1
- Number of pages320