Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 3 in a series

Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 3 in a series

Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D - 3 in a series

“Today I want to focus on the concept of the women who’ve travelled with The Doctor and what they tell us about feminism across the years that this program has been on the air.”

from Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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New Review of “America’s Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei” from the Historical Novel Society

It’s so nice to see my book on Filippo Mazzei continuing to receive good reviews from the press.  This one comes from website of the Historical Novel Society and seems to like being introduced to such an interesting man as Filippo.

The novel is more of a factual presentation than fictional storytelling; the chronology is interspersed with anecdotal conversations with Franklin, Jefferson, and others involved in the emerging American state. Readers learn about Mazzei’s involvement with the Virginia militia and his work advocating for independence from the British Crown in the Second Continental Congress, conducting business for the colonies in France, and writing essays supporting the American Revolution in the European press after he returns to his homeland.

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They cap it off by telling their readers that…

“But the book has a larger focus than Mazzei’s place in the American Revolution. It covers his early years, travels in Turkey, and relationships with family as well as discussions of religion, the prerogatives of landed gentry versus the rights of ordinary people, even the proper pronunciation of Italian words.” 

So glad they noticed that!

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood – 19 in a series – Most Beloved Couple

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood - 19 in a series - Most Beloved Couple

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“Writer and director Garson Kanin referred to the Hacketts as “…an enchanting couple; they were the writers the producers and directors used to kill to get”. David Brown said they were “The ultimate class writing team of the Golden Age of Hollywood… Virtually all their films were successful… They were the epitome of elegance in writing””

Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett: The Most Beloved Couple in Hollywood
By Julie Berkobien


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How to study television writers from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 2 in a series

Quotes from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – How to study television writers – 2 in a series

How to study television writers from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D - 2 in a series

“When people talk about television I get them to try and look at what were your favorite episodes of a program. Now, go to IMDB and find out who wrote those episodes and look at the rest of their career. What else have they written that you might enjoy, because clearly they speak to you. Their voice speaks to you.”

from Doctor Who Regenerated with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Quote from “America’s Forgotten Founding Father” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 43 in a series – Trouble At Sea

Learn more about the American Revolution through the eyes of an important, Italian Immigrant, Filippo Mazzei.
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Filippo also placed all the letters of introduction and credentials proving him an agent of the government into a small bag with a bit of lead to weight it down and kept those things on him at all times.

These precautions proved prescient when, only thirty miles off the coast, an English corsair approached the Johnston and Royal officers claimed the right to board.

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08 Why Female Focused from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (1 minute, 9 seconds)

A clip from my presentation at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Research Network conference. Held on the campus of the beautiful Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

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08 Why Female Focused from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course

In the presentation, I covered the reasons writers have been marginalized – and the reasons they oughtn’t to be so disrespected. Then I talked about how my course works, what books I assign, what guest speakers I invite, what research the students do – and ended on a high note by introducing ‘When Women Wrote Hollywood’ – the book of essays from our inaugural class which has now been published by McFarland.

Transcript:

So how I teach it. That’s why I teach I want respect to come back to writers. That seems simple right? How I do it. I start in the very beginning when women were the major writers of Hollywood films. There were 50 percent of the films are in by women if not more and they made more money. This is Gene Gauntier from Ireland, this is Anita Loos and Jeannie Macpherson working with Cecil B. DeMille. She wrote every one of his financially successful films and when they stopped working together, his movies stopped making money. That’s the end of Cecil B. DeMille. How I teach it. I start by asking students very quick questions. What are your first five favourite films? Who directed those films? They always know. Who wrote those films? and the look of humiliation on their faces when they sit in a screenwriting class and cannot name the people who wrote their favorite films is ridiculous to me.

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Chelsea Andes Presents on Pioneering Screenwriter Joan Harrison

Chelsea Andes Presents on Pioneering Screenwriter Joan Harrison

Chelsea Andes Presents on Pioneering Screenwriter Joan Harrison

How Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop @skylarkbookshop , Columbia, Missouri during the Citizen Jane Film Festival 


When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 several of the contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood gathered at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri for a signing and launch party that functioned like a mini-reunion of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2017.

Many thanks to all who came to hear them each speak with passion about the research subjects who became whole chapters in this book of essays on female screenwriters from the Silent Era into the 1940s.

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood – 18 in a series – Cinderella Stories

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“The majority of Park’s films feature a female lead who begins the story as poor, beaten, and/or single and receives a fairy tale ending. It happens to Eve, the poor flower girl in Lights and Shadows (1914); Nan, the tempted chorus girl in When The Gods Played A Badger Game (1915) and Rose, raised by a cruel hag in Where The Forest Ends (1915).”

Ida May Park: Prolific Pioneer
Jackie Perez


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Our books, Women in American History, named to ALA’s 2018 list of Best Historical Materials

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My co-editor Peg Lamphier and I are honored to have awoken this morning to this lovely email telling us that our book, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, has been named to the American Library Association’s 2018 list of Best Historical Materials.  

“The list recognizes effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history and promotes enhanced availability  of historical works and information, and is published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).  These sources are selected by the Historical Materials committee that seeks to improve the usefulness of bibliographies, historical materials, and indexes in the field of history and shared among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.”

Since both of us have our PhDs in American History – and we both have taught Women’s HIstory at one time or another (on top of our other courses) — this is a most wonderful acknowledgment of all the time we took to make sure as many women from as many multicultural backgrounds — and as many new documents (not merely retreads from past books) could be included.  Of course, we also have to thank the many professional editors at ABC-Clio who helped proof and copyedit and cull permissions for all that material. It truly was a team effort.

Women in American History named to ALA's 2018 list of Best Historical Materials

Dear Dr. Welch:

            I am writing as a representative of the Historical Materials Committee of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  It is my pleasure to inform you that your book, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, has been named to the 2018 list of Best Historical Materials. 

The list recognizes effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history and promotes enhanced availability of historical works and information, and is published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).  These sources are selected by the Historical Materials committee that seeks to improve the usefulness of bibliographies, historical materials, and indexes in the field of history and shared among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.

Congratulations on your remarkable contributions to scholarly literature.

 

Sincerely,

Steven A. Knowlton

Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

The latest issue of The Journal of Screenwriting (where I serve as the Book Reviews Editor) is now available.

The special theme of Volume 9 Issue 3 is Animation so it contains articles with titles such as

  • “How to write a screenplay with a chainsaw”
  • “Performing without the use of a net: Making an animated feature without a storyboard”

— as well as the more academically titled — 

  • “Analysing the advantages of Aristotle’s two-act structure in comparison with Syd Field’s three-act structure in short comedic animation scriptwriting”. 

Naturally, the book reviews have been written by many wonderful colleagues whose work I am happy to share. 

If you work for a university, ask their library to order a subscription today!

Here are the books reviewed in the Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3

The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune: Tough Lessons You Need to Know to Take Your Script From Premise to Premiere, Andy Rose (2018) New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-25015-949-6, p/bk, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-25015-950-2, ebook, $9.99

Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio, Rib Davis (2016) London: Bloomsbury Academic, 168 pp., ISBN 978-1-47426-020-6, p/bk, $23.36; ISBN 978-1-47426-022-0, ePDF, $16.19; ISBN 978-1-47426-021-3, ePub, $16.1

The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild, Miranda J. Banks (2015) New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press, 328 pp., ISBN 978-081357-139-3, h/bk, $32.79; ISBN 978-0-81357-138-6, p/bk, $23.93; ISBN 978-0-81357-140-9, digital, $19.99

Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson ([1985] 1988) London: Routledge, 652 pp., ISBN 978-0-41500-383-4, p/bk, £32.99

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