2. The Operational Aesthetic [chapter]

2018 Film Serials and the American Cinema, 1910-1940  
The chapter introduces the concept of the operational aesthetic and situates it in the context of the nineteenth century, establishing it as a cyclically recurring aesthetic and mode of engagement with technology, media, and narratives. The chapter correlates newspaper and magazine articles of, for instance, sewing machines, telephones, and nineteenthcentury optical toys to unearth an appreciation of process that applies to technological marvels as well as to written accounts and f ictional
more » ... and f ictional narratives, for instance in crime fiction. By attesting to the serials' generic relationships to crime fiction, the chapter documents a cultural prehistory of the form beyond the filmic medium while also taking into account how serials relate to the processual character of early film.
doi:10.1515/9789048537808-003 fatcat:tckg6enqkfb2nl3naijutyfqvu