Moving the Margins to the Mainstream: June Mathis's Work in American Silent Film

By Thomas Slater.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Writer/producer June Mathis, one of the most powerful women in Hollywood during the silent era, is noteworthy both for her achievements and pushing the boundaries of film art through collaboration.

Keywords: Women Filmmakers, Silent Film, American Film Industry, Screenwriting, Authorship, Popular Culture, Gender Studies, Melodrama in Film

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.81-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.789MB).

Dr. Thomas Slater

I received a BA in Urban Policy Problems and American Studies from Michigan State in 1978; an MA in American Studies from Maryland in 1981; and a Ph.D in English from Oklahoma State in 1985. At that time, I first learned about June Mathis, screenwriter and producer, who became the most powerful woman in Hollywood in 1923. The main focus of my research has been on her life and work ever since, although I have also published on and taught numerous other topics in the meantime. Mathis still fascinates me because her career reveals how women worked in Hollywood and spoke through the movies during the silent era. Her relation to marginalized communities, the studios, and her use of genre also provide new insights on authorship. Through my research, I'm continuing to explore how she pushed the boundaries of the Hollywood system.


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