First Fictions

  title={First Fictions},
  author={Jane M. Gaines},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={1293 - 1317}
  • Jane M. Gaines
  • Published 2004
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
T here will first of all be a problem with firsts: first woman, first fiction. Still, I want to ask if we could, and to wonder if we should, make the argument that Alice Guy-Blaché’s one-minute one-shot La fée aux choux (The cabbage fairy) is the first fiction film. To begin with, the notion of “the first woman to do something” carries with it the potential to effect a swift reversal of prevailing assumptions. My purpose, however, is not just to assert that Guy-Blaché was the first woman… Expand
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