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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2019
... of such an effort in late 1980s and 1990s Chinese cultural practice, on the other. Chinese Women s Cinema, Early Post-Mao Cultural Pluralism, and the Rise of New Mainstream Liberal Discourses in the Mid-1980s Chinese cinema was dominated by men from its inception in 1905 until the early 1950s after...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 35–57.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., and relationships. Specifically, I consider two facets of the series. One is its appropriation of controversial issues in popular discourse. The second is the public response to Dwelling Narrowness , ranging from netizens' and public authorities' reactions to the controversial issues it depicted to Chinese scholars...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 141–166.
Published: 01 September 2008
... discourses of modernity versus the traditions that have permeated the Chinese national consciousness, discourses that are often inflected by an East-versus-West dialectic. Hence Shaodong’s return to his family in China is really the Chinese nationalized variant of the biblical prodigal son, where...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
... with mainstream media culture. The feminist manifestations of vidding range from the creation of deeply felt emotional odes to television and film, to the analytical teasing out and foregrounding of subtextual or secondary meanings, to bitingly critical engagements with the mainstream media's political failings...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 151–179.
Published: 01 May 2004
... racial iconography. With the image of two Chinese children struggling to dog-paddle their way to a night- time shore, the scene conjures up familiar fears of wetbacked il- legal immigrants sneaking their unwelcome way onto US soil. Moreover, with its ludicrous narrative of personal salvation through...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 33–57.
Published: 01 May 2014
... female auteur and to her provocative exploration of youthful sexual identity and fantasy, Koh's condensed-form queer interpretation circulates more productively as part of a burgeoning queer Asian cinema. Unlike New Queer Cinema, which was gradually co-opted by the mainstream as US independent filmmaking...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 4–33.
Published: 01 September 1996
... (London: Zed Books, 1980). Female circumcision has also been fea- tured in nationalist and decolonization discourses. See Jomo Kenyatta, Facing Mount Kenya: The Tribal Life of the Kikuyu (New York: Ran- dom House, 1975). For a stellar discussion of the politics...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2021
.... This article examines Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden ( Ah-ga-ssi , South Korea, 2016), a period film set in 1930s Korea under Japanese rule, in relation to the two nations’ fraught but interconnected colonial and postcolonial histories. By analyzing the film's explicit sexual depiction through discourses...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 47–73.
Published: 01 September 2004
... to ana- lyze underscores a particular discourse about what constitutes gender, race, and nation. A subtext of these films is that diva traf- fic redeems whiteness by imagining Eurocentrism as a require- ment for membership in the newly racially integrated nations of the Western Hemisphere...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2011
... dancers were incorporated into high fashion designs and then produced for mass consumption; the “antifash- ion” ethos of hippies, punks, neo-­punks, and cyberpunks in the 1970s and 1980s that leaked into fashion’s mainstream through designers like Yves Saint Laurent; the so-­called masstige partner...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 158–184.
Published: 01 May 1995
... is portrayed as more rootless than any of the male veterans we see in the 1970s and 1980s, as she rejects their solutions 172 to Vietnam. Ultimately, the therapeutic discourse of the last two seasons spreads to cover all manner of cultural dis-ease, as, in the usual manner of melodrama...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... bonds that contemporary humanitarian discourses of media advocacy are forging with the affirmative economic imperatives of neoliberalism. Figure 1. “Hand” by Manik. Courtesy of w w w . k i d s - ­w i t h - ­c a m e r a s . o r g Immaterial Child Labor: Media Advocacy, Autoethnography...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (2 (47)): 177–229.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of this traditional approach. Responding to Spi- vak’s own criticism of Julia Kristeva’s “ethnocentric sense of ‘alien- ation’ at the sight of some Chinese women in Huxian Square” (a moment Kristeva describes in Chinese Women), Chow writes, While I agree with [Spivak’s following] observation, I find [her...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 2014
... blurred boundaries within categories of production and reception, popular conceptions of feminism have also entered a new paradigm. McHugh looks at the transnational cohort of female direc- tors that emerged in the postwar period and began working between the mid-­1960s and early 1980s...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
..., 1961), as in many of the peplums that are set in “exotic” locales, this produces an extravagantly bizarre juxtaposition: our six-foot-three hero (the bodybuilder Gordon Scott), wearing nothing but a bright red dia- per, moves among medieval Chinese peasants who take no notice...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 93–117.
Published: 01 September 2016
... between voice and body based on captivity, which is reproduced by mainstream cinemas, operates in multiple ways in their work with actors. Moreover, their work has relevance for feminist theory and art practices, since they also seek to undo mil- itaristic, patriarchal, and capitalist modes...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 32–73.
Published: 01 September 2006
... the epi- sode is not ostensibly about an alien, the border-crossing migrant around which the episode’s plot revolves is presented as having extraordinary powers and evil impulses that align him more with the discourses of invading aliens in traditional science fiction than with more realistic...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 149–183.
Published: 01 September 2014
... trained at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, inspired by Third Cinema, New Wave, and neorealist movements around the world.1 Even so, the continued obscurity of much LA Rebellion cinema — counteracted at last by UCLA’s still...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2008
.... See Seymour Chatman, Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1980). 22. Peter Brooks, The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995...