Silent Film Comedy and American Culture

Authors: Bilton, Alan

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This absorbing study of early 20th Century American Culture interprets the anarchic absurdity of slapstick movies as a form of collective anxiety dream, their fantastical images and illogical gags expressing the unconscious wishes and fears of the modern age, in a way that foreshadows the concerns of our own celebrity-obsessed consumer culture.

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Alan Bilton is Lecturer in English and American Studies at Swansea University, UK. He is author of An Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction (EUP, 2002), editor of America in the 1920s: Literacy Sources and Documents, Volume One: The Cultural Condition, Volume Two: Voices of Modernity and Volume Three: An Age of Performance (with Philip Melling, Helm Information, 2004), and he has published articles in international journals such as the European Journal of American Studies, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review and The Journal of American Studies.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • A Brief Chronology of Silent Film Comedy

    Bilton, Alan

    Pages 1-12

  • Introducing American Silent Film Comedy: Clowns, Conformity, Consumerism

    Bilton, Alan

    Pages 13-32

  • A Convention of Crazy Bugs: Mack Sennett and the US’s Immigrant Unconscious

    Bilton, Alan

    Pages 33-77

  • Accelerated Bodies and Jumping Jacks: Automata, Mannequins and Toys in the Films of Charlie Chaplin

    Bilton, Alan

    Pages 78-110

  • Nobody Loves a Fat Man: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and Conspicuous Consumption in the US of the 1920s

    Bilton, Alan

    Pages 111-136

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Silent Film Comedy and American Culture
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02025-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137020253
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02024-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43747-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 244
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