This article addresses the benefits of using women's memoirs as historical sources. Employing a critical framework—the concept of creative labor—taken from recent screenwriting studies scholarship, the author analyzes the way that Frederica Sagar Maas and Lenore Coffee represent their roles in the bureaucratic structure of the Hollywood studio system.
“No Accident of Good Fortune”: Autobiographies and Personal Memoirs as Historical Documents in Screenwriting History
Liz Clarke is an assistant professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying women scenarists in American silent film. She is also working on a manuscript about women in American war films from 1908 to 1918.
Liz Clarke; “No Accident of Good Fortune”: Autobiographies and Personal Memoirs as Historical Documents in Screenwriting History. Feminist Media Histories 1 January 2016; 2 (1): 45–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2016.2.1.45
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