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The Film Section of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association
invites abstracts for a panel entitled "Film Reception--Audiences and
Spectatorship."  The SAMLA conference will be held November 4-6, 1999 in
Atlanta.   Papers should address film reception by focusing on the
consumption practices of actual audience groups and/or on the
theoretical concept of the implied spectator.

Possible topics include:
--ethnographic studies of film audiences, including methodological
problems and challenges raised by ethnography
--issues of gender, sexuality, class, and race as they affect film
reception and consumption
--the "male gaze" debate and feminist spectatorship theory
--applications and re-evaluations of identification theory
--complications posed by homosexuality and gender deviance to the
psychoanalytic dyad of identification/desire and to spectatorship theory
in general
--case studies of the influence of film reviews and marketing upon
audiences
--reception controversies, such as public protests against a film

Please send an abstract (or completed paper) by APRIL 10, 1999 to:

Kim Chabot Davis
3723 W Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Email:  [log in to unmask]

For further information about the SAMLA convention, see http:
//www.samla.org

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