Department of English

University of Toronto

Maurice, Alice

MauriceAlice Maurice
Associate Professor and Chair (UTSC); Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Office Phone: 416-287-7180
UTSC Office Location: Humanities Building, University of Toronto Scarborough, HW326.
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 717
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: On leave January 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Teaching and Research Interests: 19th Century American Literature, 20th Century American Literature, Aspects of Theory; Cinema Studies

B.A., Williams College; M.A. Cornell University; Ph.D. Cornell University. 

Alice Maurice's book, The Cinema and Its Shadow (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), focuses on race and technology in early U.S. cinema, exploring how questions of race difference informed the development of cinematic language in early U.S. cinema. In addition to her work on early cinema, her research includes late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century American literature and visual culture, and documentary studies. Her current project focuses on the history of the face in American cinema. 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).


Faces on Screen: New Approaches. (ed.) (Edinburgh University Press, 2022.) 

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

Selected Publications
“The Death of Lon Chaney: Race, Masculinity, and the Authenticity of Disguise,” in Hollywood at the Intersection of Identity, ed. Delia Konzett (forthcoming, Rutgers University Press)

“Making Faces: Character and Makeup in Early Cinema,” in Corporeality and Early Cinema: Skin, Viscera, and Physical Form, ed. Doron Galilli (forthcoming, Indiana University Press) 

“Uncanny Documentary,” CineAction No. 97 (2016)

“Fiction, Drama, and the Space Between: Race and Performance in James’s The Other House,” forthcoming, Henry James Review.

“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).

“What the Shadow Knows: Race, Image, and Meaning in Shadows (1922),” Cinema Journal 47.3 (Spring 2008).

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

“The Essence of Motion: Figure, Frame and the Racial Body in Early Silent Cinema,” Moving Image 1.2 (Fall, 2001).

Film & Video Productions
Associate Producer, A Healthy Baby Girl (56 min., 1997).
• Premiered on the PBS series POV
• Winner of the Peabody Award.

Associate Producer, Defending Our Lives (30 min., 1993)
• Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, 1994.

Current Research
Professor Maurice’s current SSHRC-funded project, “Making Faces: Makeup, Identity, and the Changing Face of American Cinema,” explores the history of the face on screen. She is also collaborating on a project about the representation of autism in popular media.

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