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Inventing the Myth of Hollywood

Inventing the Myth of Hollywood
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Apr 9th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 9th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, History (FAS), Cinema, 1900-1950
Lecture by Charlie Keil, Cinema Studies and History, University of Toronto

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present:

Charlie Keil, Cinema Studies and History, University of Toronto

Inventing the Myth of Hollywood

Central to the institutional consolidation of cinema by the 1920s was the irrefutable status of “Hollywood” as the place where movies were made. But how did this alignment of place with an appropriate set of meanings become entrenched? And why was it important that the public come to associate “Hollywood” with a prescribed range of often contradictory values, encompassing glamour, scandal, hard work, and aspiration? By examining a variety of texts that collectively build up an identity for Hollywood that comes to form the core of an enduring public mythos, this presentation will reveal the work involved in constructing a symbolic site to substitute for an actual industry and a meaning-laden space for a geographic locale.

Charlie Keil is a Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of History at the University of Toronto. His publications include: Early American Cinema in Transition (2001); American Cinema's Transitional Era (co-edited with Shelley Stamp; 2004); American Cinema of the 1910s (co-edited with Ben Singer; 2009); and Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (co-edited with Daniel Goldmark; 2011). Forthcoming works include Editing and Special Visual Effects (co-edited with Kristen Whissel; Rutgers), and A Companion to D.W. Griffith (Wiley-Blackwell).

This event is free but registration is required.  Click HERE to register. For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at csus@utoronto.ca or (416) 946-8972.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College.

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