The Poetics of Color in William Wyler's Jezebel

Julia Stern

Northwestern University

Julia Stern is Herman & Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of English, and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern Univeristy.  Stern is the author of  The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the early American Novel, 1997, which was a finalist for the MLA First Book Award, and o Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic, 2010,  a study of Chesnut's revised Civil War narrative.  Both were published by the University of Chicago Press. She is completing a manuscript titled "My Black Bette Davis," about racial representation in Davis's films.  -- 


Julia Stern reads "The Poetics of Color in William Wyler's Jezebel, " the film for which Bette Davis won her first Oscar.  Premiering one year before David Selznick's Gone With The Wind, William Wyler's 1938 Jezebel resets... [ view full abstract ]


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