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New Frontiers Seminar: Making Screen Faces: Disguise, Authenticity, and Early Cinema

Professor Alice Maurice, Department of English, UTSC 


Focusing in part on the career of silent film actor Lon Chaney (“the man of a thousand faces”), this talk will explore how ideas about race, ethnicity, and masculinity defined the way the face was represented in early cinema, and how the transition from silent movies to sound revealed shifts in expectations about identity, emotion, and authenticity in American culture. 

This New Frontier Seminar Series is hosted by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS) and sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research. The series showcases cutting edge research from the University of Toronto Scarborough, while highlighting new discoveries from leading researchers in North America.


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