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Title: Early screenwriting teachers 1910-1922 : origins, contribution and legacy
Author: Curran, Stephen Charles
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 9675
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis demonstrates the previously unacknowledged contribution made by early screenwriting teachers to the development of the Hollywood film industry from 1910 to 1922. Through a study of five key screenwriting teachers from the period, it shows the significant role played by such figures in the translation of playwriting theory and theatrical tradition into writing for film. Drawing on an extensive range of primary materials, including manuals and columns written for the fan and trade press, it demonstrates the role played by such teachers in the formation and codification of a set of writing techniques specific to the film medium. In doing so, this thesis fills an important gap in the historiography of screenwriting in Hollywood, giving due credit to a body of work that has previously received only passing consideration, and highlighting the role of early screenwriting teachers, which has previously been understated if not ignored. The thesis also examines some aspects of their legacy in the context of the role and function of contemporary screening gurus.
Supervisor: King, G. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Screenwriting Guru ; Early Hollywood film ; Historiography of screenwriting ; Epes Winthrop Sargent ; William Lord Wright