Shirley Temple as Streetwalker: The Urban Child in 1930s Hollywood

When:14 Dec 2016, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building, UNSW Kensington
Who:Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame
SAM Seminar

Wojcik examines the special status of the street and the urban child in cinematic imaginings. She considers how the image of the urban child has changed over time in accordance with changing ideas about parenting, childhood, and the urban. She considers Shirley Temple as a mobile urban girl whose films offer a vision of the urban as largely benign and of girlhood as powerful.

Pamela Robertson Wojcik is Professor in the Department of Film, TV and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and President-Elect of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is editor of the Screening Spaces Series at Palgrave and author of Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction, The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975, and Guilty Pleasures: Feminist Camp from Mae West to Madonna.

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Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Cinema 327 is located on the third floor. 

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