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Robin Bates, Scott Bates
Abstract: Although many critics no longer take it seriously, the Rosebud search in "Citizen Kane" provided a means for liberal male
viewers in 1941 to confront and come to terms with their major political, aesthetic, and psychological anxieties. To reconstruct
"Citizen Kane's" initial reception is to increase our admiration for this complexity.
Nina C. Leibman
Abstract: This paper focuses on the distorted appropriation of Freudian theory in Hollywood's films dealing with female mental illness.
The examples of "A Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass," and "Lilith" show Hollywood claiming the etiology of neurosis
in sexual "expression" rather than the Freudian model of sexual "repression".
David Alan Black
Abstract: By bringing a synchronic extrapolation of certain properties of cinema and the phonograph into contact with a diachronic survey
of their institutional behavior as realist instruments, this essay seeks to contribute to an understanding of the realist
imperative which precedes and governs the popular receptions of these and other media.
Mirella Jona Affron