Abstract

An investigation of popular accounts of Mabel Normand's library considers the convergence of the intellectual and the star. Normand's persona as a working-class woman and movie star enabled her claim to new forms of cultural authority in the 1910s, in turn rapidly attenuated by the implementation of regulatory discourses about motion pictures and other products of mass culture, making those products subject to various forms of verification and institutional certification.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-3905
Print ISSN
0892-2160
Pages
pp. 209-221
Launched on MUSE
2006-04-26
Open Access
No
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