Liz Clarke's 'No Accident of Good Fortune: Women’s Careers in Early Hollywood'Liz

Culture and Media Studies' new hire, Dr. Liz Clarke, gave a fascinating talk about her current research to a standing room only crowd on Jan. 18th, 2017, during January's Feminist Lunch Bag Series event in Tilley 28, on UNB Campus. Dr. Clarke's talk was titled "No Accident of Good Fortune: Women’s Careers in Early Hollywood” and focused on two important women who were central to the development of film in the early nineteenth century, Frederica Sagar Maas and Lenore Coffee. In order to do her research, Clarke uses these women’s memoirs (Sagar Maas' The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood and Coffee's Storyline: Recollections of a Hollywood Screenwriter) as historical sources to determine their degree of implication and acceptance of these women in the business of filmaking. Clarke's analysis, published a year ago in the scholarly journal Feminist Media Histories (2016), finds that, contrary to popular opinion, these women were adept at negotiating a place for themselves and their creative labour.  This research is part of Clarke's larger investigations on women screenwriters in early Hollywood.  The Feminist Lunch Bag Series is sponsored by UNB's Gender and Women's Studies Program and the UNB/STU University Women's Centre.