Table of contents for Interpreting films : studies in the historical reception of American cinema / Janet Staiger.

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Pt. 1Theoretical Concerns1
Ch. 1The Use-Value of Reception Studies3
Ch. 2Reception Studies in Other Disciplines16
Ch. 3Reception Studies in Film and Television49
Ch. 4Toward a Historical Materialist Approach to Reception Studies79
Pt. 2Studies in the History of the Reception of American Films99
Ch. 5Rethinking "Primitive" Cinema: Intertextuality, the Middle-Class Audience, and Reception Studies101
Ch. 6"The Handmaiden of Villainy": Foolish Wives, Politics, Gender Orientation, and the Other124
Ch. 7The Birth of a Nation: Reconsidering Its Reception139
Ch. 8The Logic of Alternative Readings: A Star Is Born154
Ch. 9With the Compliments of the Auteur: Art Cinema and the Complexities of Its Reading Strategies178
Ch. 10Chameleon in the Film, Chameleons in the Audience or, Where Is Parody? The Case of Zelig196
Select Bibliography259

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Motion pictures Aesthetics, Reader-response criticism, Motion pictures United States