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Margaret Hennefeld, "Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes" (Columbia UP, 2018): In the early days of film, female comedians appeared in films that included both strange activities and slapstick....

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Margaret Hennefeld, "Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes" (Columbia UP, 2018): In the early days of film, female comedians appeared in films that included both strange activities and slapstick....

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In the early days of film, female comedians appeared in films that included both strange activities and slapstick. In her new book Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia University Press, 2018), Margaret Hennefeld, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, reviews the role of these women, as well as how their appearances had a cultural and political effect, particularly in the feminist movement leading to universal suffrage. She illustrates how these films still have important meanings to modern day.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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