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Digital opportunities for feminist film historiography

Lisa Smithstead

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue: 20, Pages: 191 - 204

Swansea University Author: Lisa Smithstead

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DOI (Published version): 10.33178/alpha.20.14

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This paper discusses some of the key methodological challenges emerging from the AHRC project Reframing Vivien Leigh: Stardom, Archives and Access, led by PI Dr. Lisa Stead at the University of Exeter. This twenty-month project examined how the legacies of screen star Vivien Leigh are archived and c...

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Published in: Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
ISSN: 2009-4078
Published: University College Cork 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60745
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Abstract: This paper discusses some of the key methodological challenges emerging from the AHRC project Reframing Vivien Leigh: Stardom, Archives and Access, led by PI Dr. Lisa Stead at the University of Exeter. This twenty-month project examined how the legacies of screen star Vivien Leigh are archived and curated by a range of public institutions in the South West of England, taking audiences behind the scenes of local archives and museums. The paper reflects on how researching within rural heritage centres and volunteer run archives encourages the introduction of new voices and new case studies within women’s film history, by encompassing the archival labour of a network of volunteers, amateurs and professionals within a broader heritage sector whose historical actions and choices produce alternative kinds of women’s film history. It reflects in turn on the challenge involved in finding new ways to present these histories in interactive, digital and physical forms for audiences beyond the academy and to make meaningful impact from this kind of research.
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/S001905/1)
Issue: 20
Start Page: 191
End Page: 204