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Shelley Stamp
Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Lois Weber in Early Hollywood, 1910s-1920s: A Biography of the American Film Director

By tracking the career of early Hollywood’s most prominent female filmmaker, "Lois Weber in Early Hollywood" broadens our understanding of the extraordinary role that women played in shaping early film culture, a story that is just now beginning to be told. The book expands our understanding of women’s contributions to early American film culture, examining how Weber’s films navigated progressive politics and changing gender roles, showing how censorship controversies and celebrity culture complicated discourses around women’s labor in the early industry, and ultimately demonstrating how female filmmakers who once served early Hollywood’s bid for respectability were written out of that industry’s history beginning in the late 1920s.