Category Archives: American History

Histories of cinema: Japanese acrobats, Fred dancing upside down and Joseph flying across the room. The camera never lies?

What do a silent film comedy short, a 1950s Hollywood musical and a contemporary science-fiction film have in common? Answer: the three of them falsified the camera’s perspective to get a spectacular scene. In 1907, silent film pioneer Segundo de … Read More »

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History? Not without language!

Dear all, I hope you are well. Today I would share with you a point that is object of my constant reflection. I have been always intrigued by the multiple ways in which by means of language we can put in … Read More »

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Histories of cinema: When censorship backfires. Watching Gilda in dictatorship Spain

A colleague, who recently included the film Gilda (1946) in one of her lectures, asked me if I had watched it. Not only had I watched Gilda, but the film holds kind of iconic status in Spain, where it reached … Read More »

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Histories of cinema: Spoilers alert! The first audiences of Psycho (1960)

If you have never seen Psycho and do not know about the twists, stop reading now. Although, after four sequels, a remake, a TV series and endless referencing, I doubt there is anybody who does not know. In my thesis, … Read More »

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Histories of cinema: Yakima Canutt, the chariot race and the blind spot

There is barely any film production which does not need stunt players at some point. They are not only used for health and safety, but for reasons of continuity. A bruise or a little cut in the face may not … Read More »

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Lessons in herstory: Mary Moffat, explorer of the Kalahari

Chronicling history always involves a process of selection and summary in order to make dates and events manageable. However, who has the authority to decide what is relevant and what is not? Is it true, as the proverb says, that … Read More »

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The lady archer: from invalidism to the New Woman

Last week, the secretary of my archery club sent us the latest issue of our newsletter, which included the photo below. He said to have chosen it at random, but I jumped for joy when I saw it. What do … Read More »

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Teaching at Masters Level

This term I have started teaching my ten week MA module entitled The Atlantic World 1450-1800. This is the second year that I have run this unit,. not only giving me the confidence that the thing works at all, but … Read More »

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New Year, New Challenges?

Having enjoyed a complete break over the Christmas period, it’s now time to turn back towards work and think about what future has to offer. The New Year naturally brings two priorities for many people: consolidation and innovation. Part of … Read More »

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End of term at last!

I know that all academics and teachers are feeling relief at seeing the Christmas break approaching!  It’s not that we don’t enjoy our jobs and can’t wait for a break, it’s simply that term time can feel relentless sometimes and … Read More »

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