The metaphysics of replacement in photoplay novels of immigration

  • Marija Dalbello


The photoplay novels were a medium of the silent film era that blended stills from films distributed by the major film studios with the novels issued by publishers of reprint editions. Photoplay novels established new protocols for seeing, reading and experiences of the self for mainstream audiences. The photoplays based on Anzia Yezierska’s autobiographical stories made into films, Hungry Hearts (1922) and Salome of the Tenements (1927), are immigrant narratives of relocation, the making of an American self, and a version of the New Woman. Their reading as replacement narratives reveals irreconcilable geographies of the new and the old world and the presentations of a gendered immigrant self that paralleled Yezierska’s own condition of incomplete ‘replacement’.


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  • Marija Dalbello
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  1. 1.Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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