Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
This study examines the pioneering film editor May Brotherton as a case study to explore how studio industrialization in pre and early Hollywood influenced the contributions of women post-production workers. It considers why film editing, once categorized as a feminized sector, was recategorized after its creative power and financial implications were realized. As a result, we may become aware of the systematic gender discrimination in studio film, as well as an extremely important but unrecognized editor. Incorporating evidence from primary and secondary sources on early film industry development, including testimony, archival artifacts, and interviews with Brotherton’s descendants. The methodology is rooted in cultural studies, intersectionality, and revisionist historiography methods. This study argues for the creativity and agency early women cutters exercised, highlights the significance of Brotherton as an industry pioneer, and explains why women were eventually removed from cutting rooms. Understanding the history of women in cutting rooms can provide crucial background for examining the craft today and how it is represented.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Camp, Rachael, "The Trouble Department: May Brotherton and the Agency of Women Cutters in the Early Film Industry" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3096.