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C O N T R I B U TO R S JENNIFER M. BEAN is director of Cinema Studies and associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Washington. She is co-editor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (2003) as well as a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled “Early Women Stars.” She is the author of The Play in the Machine: Gender, Genre and the Cinema of Modernity (forthcoming) and is currently at work on a study of silent-era slapstick and modern theories of laughter. EILEEN BOWSER is curator emerita at the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film. Her primary publications include The Transformation of Cinema: 1907–1915 (1994), Slapstick Symposium (editor and author, 1985), The Movies (co-author, 1972), Biograph Bulletins 1908–1912 (editor and introductory essay, 1973), Film Notes (editor and primary author, 1969), and D. W. Grif- fith (co-author, 1965). She has received several honorable distinctions, including the Prix Jean Mitry (1989), and she is an honorary member of Domitor, FIAF, and the Society for Cinema Studies. ANDRÉ GAUDREAULT is a full professor in the Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques at the Université de Montréal, where he leads the research group GRAFICS (Groupe de recherche sur l’avènement et la formation des institutions cinématographique et scénique). His books include Du littéraire au filmique: Système du récit (1999; an English translation is forthcoming in 2009 under the title From Plato to Lumière: Narration and Monstration in Literature and Cinema), Le Récit cinématographique (with F. Jost, 2005), and Cinéma et attraction: Pour une nouvelle histoire du cinématographe (2008). He is also director of the scholarly journal CiNéMAS. TOM GUNNING is Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Art History and the Committee on Cinema and Media. He is author of two books, D. W. Griffith and the Origins of America Narrative Film (1991) and The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity (2008), as well as over a hundred articles on early cinema, the avant-garde, film genres, and issues in film theory and history. PATRICK LOUGHNEY is curator of the Motion Picture Department at the George Eastman House. Previously he was head of both the Moving Image Section and the Motion Picture and Television Reading Room of the Library 255 of Congress. He is an archivist and historian who has worked in the field of motion picture preservation for thirty years. CHARLES MUSSER is professor of American Studies, Film Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University, where he co-chairs the Film Studies Program. His numerous books on silent cinema include The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (1990), Edison Motion Pictures, 1890–1900: An Annotated Filmography (1997), and Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Cinema, 1880–1910 (co-authored with Nancy Mathews, 2005). LAUREN RABINOVITZ is chair of the Department of American Studies, director of Interdisciplinary Programs, and professor of American Studies and Cinema at the University of Iowa. She has published widely on film and television , including much research on early American cinema. Her list of early cinema publications includes For the Love of Pleasure: Women, Movies, and Culture in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (1998) and Yesteryear’s Wonderlands: Introducing Modernism to America, a CD-ROM (2008). JEAN-PIERRE SIROIS-TRAHAN is an assistant professor in the Département des littératures at Université Laval. He holds a joint Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal and Université Paris III–Sorbonne nouvelle. He co-edited an issue of the journal CiNéMAS (fall 2003) on the cinematic apparatus. He has also published several articles and co-edited two books on early cinema: Au pays des ennemis du cinéma . . . Pour une nouvelle histoire des débuts du cinéma au Québec (1996) and La vie ou du moins ses apparences. Émergence du cinéma dans la presse de la Belle Époque (2002). MATTHEW SOLOMON is an assistant professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He is the author of Disappearing Tricks: Silent Cinema, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century (forthcoming) and the editor of Méliès’s Trip to the Moon: Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination (forthcoming ). His work has also...


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