Nasty Women Bibliography

Related works by project co-curators

Maggie Hennefeld, Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Laura Horak, Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934 (Rutgers University Press, 2017).


Hennefeld, Maggie, Laura Horak, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi. “Feminist Catastrophe Against Disaster Patriarchy: Curating Cinema’s First Nasty Women.” Modernism/modernity. July 28, 2021.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Looking for Léontine: My Obsession with a Forgotten Screen Queen.” Los Angeles Review of Books. September 24, 2019.

Hennefeld, Maggie, and Laura Horak. “The Nasty Women of Silent Cinema.” Ms. Magazine, October 25, 2017.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema.” differences (2016): 45-92.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Destructive Metamorphosis: The Comedy of Female Catastrophe and Feminist Film Historiography.” Discourse 36, no. 2 (2014): 176–206.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Editor’s Introduction: Toward a Feminist Politics of Comedy and History.” Feminist Media Histories 3, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 1–14.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Miniature Women, Acrobatic Maids, and Self-Amputating Domestics: Comediennes of the Trick Film.” Early Popular Visual Culture 13, no. 2 (2015): 134–151.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Slapstick Comediennes in Transitional Cinema: Between Body and Medium.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 29, no. 2 (86) (2014): 85–117.

Hennefeld, Maggie. “Women’s Hats and Silent Film Spectatorship: Between Ostrich Plume and Moving Image.” Film History 28, no. 3 (2016): 24–53.

Horak, Laura. “‘Would You like to Sin with Elinor Glyn?’ Film as a Vehicle of Sensual Education.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 25, no. 2 (74) (2010): 75–117.

Horak, Laura. “Cross-Dressing and Transgender Representation in Swedish Cinema, 1908–2017.” European Journal of Scandinavian Studies 47, no. 2 (2017): 377–397.

Horak, Laura. “Cross-Dressing in Griffith’s Biograph Films: Humor, Heroics, and Edna ‘Billy’ Foster’s Good Bad Boys.” In A Companion to D.W. Griffith, ed. Charlie Keil. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. 284–308.

Horak, Laura. “Landscape, Vitality, and Desire: Cross-Dressed Frontier Girls in Transitional-Era American Cinema.” Cinema Journal 52, no. 4 (Summer 2013): 74–98.

Horak, Laura. “Queer Crossings: Greta Garbo, National Identity, and Gender Deviance.” In Silent Cinema & the Politics of Space, eds. Jennifer M. Bean, Anupama Kapse, and Laura Horak. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2014. 270–94

Horak, Laura. “Sex, Politics and Swedish Silent film: Mauritz Stiller’s Feminism Comedies of the 1910s.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 4(3) (September 2014): 193-208.

Horak, Laura. “Tracing the History of Trans and Gender Variant Filmmakers.” Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film & Television 37, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 9–20.

Duckett, Victoria. “Interview with Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, January 7, 2015.” Feminist Media Histories 2, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 175–97.

Fossati, Giovanna, Victoria Jackson, Bregt Lameris, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Sarah Street, and Joshua Yumibe, eds. The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

Olesen, Christian. “Found Footage Photogénie: An Interview with Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi and Mark-Paul Meyer.” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, November 8, 2013.

Rongen-Kaynakçi, Elif, and Rob Byrne. “Amsterdam – The Resurrection of The Spanish Dancer.” Journal of Film Preservation, no. 86 (April 2012): 124–28.

Further Recommended Reading

Acker, Ally. Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema 1896-Present. Continuum Publishing Group, 1993.

Balides, Constance. “Scenarios of Exposure in the Practice of Everyday Life: Women in the Cinema of Attractions.” Screen (1983): 28.

Banks, Miranda, Ralina Joseph, Shelley Stamp, Michele White, eds. “Genealogies of Feminist Media Studies.” Feminist Media Histories 4, no. 2 (2018).

Bean, Jennifer. “Introduction: Toward a Feminist Historiography of Early Cinema.” In Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, eds. Jennifer Bean and Diane Negra. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.

Bean, Jennifer. Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Beckman, Karen. Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Bowser, Eileen. The Transformation of Cinema: 1907-1915. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Bruno, Giuliana. Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Callahan, Vicki, ed. Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010.

Dixon, Bryony. “The Relationship between Archives and Festivals: Reflections on the British Silent Film Festival.” Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals, ed. Alex Marlow-Mann. St Andrews: St Andrews Film Books, 2013. 105–115.

Field, Allyson Nadia. Uplift Cinema: the Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Flynn, Peter. “How Bridget Was Framed: The Irish Domestic in Early Cinema: 1895-1917.” Cinema Journal no. 50.2 (2011): 1-20.

Gaines, Jane M. “World Women: Still Circulating Silent Era Film Prints.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 51, no. 2 (2010): 283–303.

Gaines, Jane M. Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2018.

Gates, Racquel. “Art and Artifact: Pioneers of African-American Cinema and Its Contemporary Relevance.” Film Quarterly 70, no. 2 (December 1, 2016): 88–93.

Gledhill, Christine. ed., special dossier on “Transnationalizing Women’s Film History.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media no. 51.2 (2010).

Glenn, Susan. Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Gordon, Rae. Why the French Love Jerry Lewis: From Cabaret to Early Cinema. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2002.

Griffiths, Alison. Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Groo, Katherine. Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Hansen, Miriam. Babel and Babylon Spectatorship in American Silent Film. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.

Hastie, Amelie. Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollecting, and Film History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

Higashi, Sumiko. “Vitagraph Stardom: Constructing Personalities.” In Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. Wayne State University Press, 2010.

Keil, Charles and Shelley Stamp, eds. American Cinema’s Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004.

Kibler, Alison. Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

King, Rob. The Fun Factory: The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Kuhn, Annette. Women’s Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. Routledge and K. Paul, 1982.

Landay, Lori. Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.

Lowe, Denise. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930. New York: Haworth Press, 2005.

Mahar, Karen Ward. Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Massa, Steve. Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy. Albany: BearManor Media, 2017.

Maurice, Alice. The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Mayne, Judith. Woman at the Keyhole: Feminism and Women’s Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.

McMahan, Alison. Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema. New York: Continuum, 2002.

Mizejewski, Linda. Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

Potter, Susan. Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema. IL: University of Illinois Press, 2019.

Rabinovitz, Lauren. Electric Dreamland: Amusement Parks, Movies, and American Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Rabinovitz, Lauren. For the Love of Pleasure: Women, Movies, and Culture in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago. New Brunswick: Rutgers, 1998.

Rapf, Joanna. “Marie Dressler.” In Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Rich, B. Ruby. Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.

Rowe, Kathleen. The Unruly Woman. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.

Russo, Mary. The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess, Modernity. United Kingdom: Routledge, 1994.

Schlüpmann, Heide. The Uncanny Gaze: The Drama of Early German Cinema. Translated by Inga Pollmann. Foreword by Miriam Hansen. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Shore, Amy. Suffrage and the Silver Screen. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014.

Sloan, Kay. “Sexual Warfare in the Silent Cinema: Comedies and Melodramas of Woman Suffragism.” American Quarterly no. 4 (1981): 419.

Stamp, Shelley. “Editor’s Introduction.” Feminist Media Histories, no. 1 (2015): 1-3.

Stamp, Shelley. Lois Weber in Early Hollywood. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015.

Stamp, Shelley. Movie Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture After the Nickelodeon. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Stewart, Jacqueline Najuma. Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Sturtevant, Victoria. A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Tomkins, Kyla Wazana. Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

Waggoner, Linda. Starring Red Wing!: The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, the First Native American Film Star. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

Wagner, Kristen Anderson. Comic Venus: Women and Comedy in American Silent Film. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2018.

Williams, Tami. Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014.