Mittwoch, 25. November 2009
McClain: "fan magazines, narrative, and spectatorship"
Entdeckt in der Routledge-Zeitschrift New Review of Film and Television Studies, Ausgabe 7 (2009) 4: "Film-fiction: fan magazines, narrative, and spectatorship in American cinema of the 1910s" von William McClain. Abstract: "The presentation of film texts as short stories in early motion picture fan magazines has long been treated as a sort of antiquarian curio, and has usually been discussed as simple synopsis of the films in question. In fact, close examination of these 'fictionalizations' and comparison across magazines and between fictionalized and film text suggests that these stories do not simply re-present or expand on the films - they transform them into an aesthetic distinct from that of the transitional film era and more in line with classical Hollywood norms. In doing so, they suggest that films were not treated by readers as 'master texts' from which other forms merely derived, but as contingent incarnations of a story world presumed to be behind the films. In doing so, they suggest that readers of early fan magazines may have had a similar relationship to filmic and literary texts, and a similar understanding of fandom, as has been found in studies of more contemporary fan cultures" ((c) Taylor & Francis).