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Media Screen Round-up, January 2017

The monthly round-up of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research and published at Learning on Screen by Andrew Ormsby

Amongst this month’s selection are a Shakespeare special , a look at the representation of women in film and television during the 1950s, and an alarming look at the nature and frequency of eye injuries in Laurel and Hardy films, analysed as if they had taken place in reality.

The Journal of Early Modern Culture 16 , no.3 (2016) focuses on Shakespeare, including articles on the films Tromeo and Juliet, The Lego Movie and Japanese anime.

The latest Women’s History Review has a special on ‘Revisioning the History of Girls and Women in Britain in the Long 1950s’, which includes three film related articles:

Murray, Gillian. ‘Taking Work Home: The Private Secretary and Domestic Identities in the Long 1950s’. Women’s History Review 26, no. 1 (2017): 62–76.  Murray’s article refers to representations of female secretaries in television news film to analyse how the figure of the private secretary became a visible figure in popular culture especially around discussions about the changing nature of women’s paid work.

Webb, Clive. ‘Special Relationships: Mixed-Race Couples in Post-War Britain and the United States’. Women’s History Review 26, no. 1 (2017): 110–29. Webb’s article looks at the representation of mixed-race couples in Sapphire, A Taste of Honey and Flame in the Streets.

Fink, Janet, and Penny Tinkler. ‘Teetering on the Edge: Portraits of Innocence, Risk and Young Female Sexualities in 1950s’ and 1960s’ British Cinema’. Women’s History Review 26, no. 1 (2017): 9–25. doi:10.1080/09612025.2015.1123021. Fink and Tinkler write about the films Beat Girl (1959), Rag Doll (1960), Girl on Approval (1961) and Don’t Talk to Strange Men (1962), examining how these films situate the figure of the teenage girl in a way which highlights her sexual vulnerability.

Zegers, Lara DA, and Richard HC Zegers. ‘Eye Trauma in Laurel and Hardy Movies – Another Nice Mess’. Scottish Medical Journal 61, no. 4 (2016): 207–12. This study examines the occurrence of eye trauma in Laurel and Hardy movies and discusses the impact they could have been had if the films were set in reality. The authors watched all 92 Laurel and Hardy films, noting a total of 88 eye injuries in total, the causes ranging from eye pokes, fists and sticks to champagne corks, fish and bird defecation.

Media Screen Roundup January 2017

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