|aThe tenth muse :|bwriting about cinema in the modernist period /|cLaura Marcus.
|aOxford :|bOxford University Press,|c2007.
|axv, 562 p. :|bill., ports. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 520-543) and index.
|aThe things that move : early film and literature -- The shadow on the screen : Virginia Woolf and the cinema -- 'A new form of true beauty' : aesthetics and early film criticism -- 'The cinema mind' : film criticism and film culture in 1920s Britain -- The moment of Close up -- Coda : the coming of sound.
|a"The Tenth Muse explores writings on the cinema in the first decades of the twentieth century. Laura Marcus examines the impact of cinema on early twentieth-century literary and, more broadly, aesthetic and cultural consciousness, by bringing together the study of the terms and strategies of early writings about film with literary engagement with cinema in the same period. She gives a new understanding of the ways in which early writers about film - reviewers, critics, theorists - developed aesthetic categories to define and accommodate what was called 'the seventh art' or 'the tenth muse' and found discursive strategies adequate to the representation of the new art and technology of cinema, with its unprecedented powers of movement."--BOOK JACKET.