Fiction Writing, Film, History, Criticism, What More Could a Girl Ask For?

This one hits all my buttons and you bet your ass I’ll be there, so should you:

Please join us for Emily Thompson’s Work-in-Progress: “The Projectionist”

Monday, March 1st, 4:00 p.m.

MIT Room E51-275

Visiting Scholar Emily Thompson takes the leap into fiction, reading a draft of a short story that draws upon her historical research on technicians’ experience of the transition to sound in the American film industry circa 1929. Discussion will certainly help her improve the story; it may additionally address more general issues: What opportunities and challenges does fiction offer historians? Can a story be historically true even if the people and events described in it are not real? Is fiction a viable alternative by which to document the experience of historical change? Should we do it anyway?

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