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Mon, 16 Aug 1993 00:00:45 -0400
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> I would like to correspond with scholars in communication studies who are
> investigating phenomenological methodologies used in understanding how
> audiences interpret media texts (such as films, television, and
> advertising).
Chris, I was struck by your area of interest. It is obscure, to be
sure, but it also looks like it could yield fascinating stuff.
I'm not sure I could correspond with you on this subject, but
I'd sure like to listen in on any conversations you have.
I'm in American Studies at NYU. My dissertation is on a subject
in Jacksonian literature, but I've done a lot of stuff in cinema
studies. My most recent research involved looking at 1950s Biblical
movies as the film industry's attempt to monitor the expectations of
a 1950s morals mentality that was continually monitoring the expectations
of the film industry. I'd be interesting in finding people to talk
about that with too.
I'm also moderator for a new American Studies discussion list,
H-AMSTDY, which is one of the H-NET lists running out of the
University of Illinois at Chicago. I am very interested in getting
some discussion of cinema going on our list, though as it
relates to American culture in general. (I believe there
will also be a H-FILM, or history of film list starting up
I've been lurkily happily on SCREEN-L, enjoying its conversations,
and I would like to remain a reader. But I'd also be glad to welcome
any of you to H-AMSTDY, if you wanted to initiate conversations
about cultural aspects of film in American experience. I append
some information about it and how to subscribe.
Jeff Finlay
H-AMSTDY Moderator
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(PS Chris--your name's familiar: did you once help me find the address
    of a University of Prince George, BC?)
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