Alice Maurice

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of English
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS




English Department University of Toronto Scarborough



Alice Maurice’s book, The Cinema and Its Shadow (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), focuses on race and technology in early U.S. cinema. Her research includes work on late nineteenth/early twentieth century American literature and visual culture, and she is currently working on a project on contemporary documentary film. She has also worked in documentary film production and was Associate Producer of two award-winning films, A Healthy Baby Girl (Judith Helfand Productions, 1997) and the Academy Award-winning short Defending Our Lives (Cambridge Documentary Films, 1994).

research interests

Cinema studies
American literature
Narrative theory
Women’s studies


Ph. D Cornell University, (2002)

M. A. Cornell University, (1999)

B.A. Williams College, (1990)

selected publications

The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technnology in Early Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)

“From New Deal to No Deal: Blackface Minstrelsy, Bamboozled, and Reality Television” in Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, ed. Stephen Johnson (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012)

“Fiction, Drama, and the Space Between: Race and Performance in James’s The Other House,” forthcoming, Henry James Review (35.3, Fall 2014)

“The Shadow Knows: Race, Image and Meaning in Shadows (1922),” Cinema Journal 47.3 (Spring 2008) 66-89.

“‘Cinema At Its Source’: Synchronizing Race and Sound in the Early Talkies,” Camera Obscura 49 (Spring, 2002) 31-71.


Cinema and Spectatorship
Stranger than Fiction: The Documentary Film
Introduction to Cinema
From Page to Screen
Race and Cinema
Actuality, Documentary, Reality

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