“Life and happiness wait upon its ring… and horror… and loneliness… and death…”: Sorry, Wrong Number (Litvak, 1948)

Our second joint screening with the Melodrama Research Group took place on Monday, and although we initially hoped to show Uncle Silas (Frank, 1947), we ended up watching Sorry, Wrong Number (Litvak, 1948) instead, due to some technical issues. This (glorious) film was originally based on a radio play by Lucille Fletcher and was, interestingly, also the subject of another radio version about a…

“Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?”: Rebecca (Hitchcock, 1940)

Last Monday, we attended a screening organised by the Melodrama Research Group (also based at the University of Kent); the film in question was Rebecca (1940), and an excellent summary of the discussion afterward can be found here: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/melodramaresearchgroup/2015/10/27/summary-of-discussion-on-rebecca/ Since many of the core NoRMMA members at Kent are members of the Melodrama Research Group as well, we are aiming to provide a…

Final Programme for Turning The Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies, Ghent, November 2015

DAY 1 – 12 November 9.00 – 10.00 Registration Welcome note NoRMMA Welcome note DICIS   Tamar Jeffers McDonald, University of Kent Daniël Biltereyst, Ghent University 10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Eric Hoyt, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Variety’s Transformations: Digitizing and Analyzing the First 35 Years of a Canonical Trade Paper 11.00 – 11.30 Break 11.30 – 1.00 PANEL 1: Digital Impacts…

Yarrrrrr, mateys!

Ahoy! As you can likely tell, we at NoRMMA decided that International Talk Like a Pirate Day – which has taken place on 19 September since 1995, apparently, which would make this year its 20th jubilee! –  is indeed a holiday worthy of being observed. As such, for your enjoyment and education, we are proud to present some pirate-related fan magazine offerings… with a…

Update + “Pictorial Insight into Filmland”

Hi all, and welcome back after a little while of NoRMMA radio silence! We’ve been busy planning our conference, entitled “Turning The Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies”, which we are coorganising with the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS) at the University of Ghent, Belgium. The event will take place in Ghent on 12-14 November, and we…

Screen Romances: 1935-1946

Thanks to a very generous friend, I recently came in the possession of seven issues of Screen Romances, ranging in publication date from April 1935 to January 1946. While various issues of the magazine are regularly on sale via eBay, it has not, as far as I know, been digitised just yet, so the opportunity to look through such a range…

Preliminary schedule for Performing Stardom: New Methods in Critical Star Studies

Hi all! Please find below our preliminary schedule for the Performing Stardom symposium, organised by NoRMMA, which will take place at the University of Kent on May 29th. Do let us know ASAP via normma.network@gmail.com if you wish to attend – registration is free. 9.00 – 9.30                   Registration (Grimond Foyer) 9.30 – 9.40                   Welcome (Aphra Theatre) Dr Tamar Jeffers-McDonald 9.40…

Free registration for our Stardom Symposium!

“Performing Stardom”: New Methods in Critical Star Studies Friday 29th May, 2015 NoRMMA (Network of Research: Movies, Magazines, Audiences), University of Kent, UK   Free registration by Saturday 9th May, 2015.   NoRMMA invites you to attend an interdisciplinary conference on non-traditional approaches to star studies research. The one-day event will be held at the University of Kent on May 29th,…

Fan magazines and scrapbooks.

Thanks to some good luck on eBay, I recently came in the possession of two scrapbooks, one from 1929 and one from 1932. While I’ve been collecting fan magazines for years, these are my first scrapbooks and they provide some fascinating insights in the ways audiences interacted with various magazines. I found the contrast between both of them particularly fascinating.…

Call for Papers – “Performing Stardom”: New Methods in Critical Star Studies

We are very pleased to announce our first symposium, which will take place on Friday 29th May  at the University of Kent. Please do consider contributing an abstract – we hope this will be a fruitful meeting place for scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds. Call for Papers: “Performing Stardom”: New Methods in Critical Star Studies Friday 29th May, 2015…