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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... African American music. To unpack these connections, BREAKAWAY is analyzed in the context of two contemporary films in which Basil played significant roles: The T.A.M.I. Show (dir. Steve Binder, US, 1964), a groundbreaking concert film that signaled a new era of on-screen racial integration, and the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
... these discussions and explore their interrelations, by looking at the film through a history and analysis of cinematic reflexivity. As a metacinematic work both by and about an African American lesbian director, the film has much to say about the means of its own production and, even further, about the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2012) 27 (3 (81)): 149–157.
Published: 01 December 2012
... shaped by this very difference. Further, through initiatives like the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, networks of filmmakers and film enthusiasts from communities historically mis- or underrepresented in film are beginning to shift the constitution of festival audiences and thereby...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1995) 12 (3 (36)): 84–117.
Published: 01 September 1995
... suggests, there are subtleties in questions of “class and patriarchal oppression” that are often difficult for Westerners to dis- cern. As an African American woman, I have to continually endeavor not to make first world-based assumptions about the complicated process of women’s development...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
... literature at American University, Washington, DC. She writes and teaches about African cinema and literature, globalization, and sexuality studies, and her work has been published most recently in Transition and Journal of Postcolonial Writing and in Murat Aydemir's edited collection Indiscretions: At...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2017) 32 (1 (94)): 33–61.
Published: 01 May 2017
... draws from the techniques and tropes of Hollywood melodrama, Anglo-American feminist film criticism provides useful critical frameworks for reading the series, even as such readings necessitate a broadening of the terms of aesthetic and political debates around melodrama and African media, as well as...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2015) 30 (2 (89)): 29–53.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Tupac Shakur masculinity African Americans digital cinematography performance studies sound studies Figure 1. Digital Domain Media Group, Virtual 2Pac, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 15 April 2012, 2D digital projection Voices from Beyond the Grave: Virtual Tupac’s Live...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., even in a new millennium. Camera Obscura 2011 Diana Adesola Mafe is an assistant professor of English at Denison University, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, gender, and black studies. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2000) 15 (2 (44)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2000
... is coded as primitive, the inherent role reversal, and the play on the primitive all rely on the presence of the Native American and African American, whose characters create an expectation of a primitive character in the scene. Hence the comic...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2003) 18 (2 (53)): 27–55.
Published: 01 September 2003
... Ratner, 2000), and The Green Mile (dir. Frank Darabont, 1999), have portrayed African Americans as magical figures. Nicknaming such figures Magical African American Friends (MAAFs), he reasons that blacks are represented in these terms out of a fundamental ignorance of African American life and...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2005) 20 (3 (60)): 129–157.
Published: 01 December 2005
....”15 Linda Williams has made a similar argument about the role of melodrama in addressing racial conflict, describing it as a primary way in which mainstream American culture has dealt with the moral dilemma of racial injustice toward African Americans. Melodrama, she argues, gives power and...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 1992) 10 (2 (29)): 91–129.
Published: 01 May 1992
...Stacie Colwell Copyright © 1992 by Indiana University Press 1992 The End ofthe Road: Gender, the Dissemination of Knowledge, and the American Campaign Against Venereal Disease during World War I Stacie Colwell “Two roads there are in life,” states the prologue to the 1918...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 224–249.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Edward Baron Turk Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 I Married an Angel (W. S. Van Dyke, MGM, 1942) Deriding the Voice of Jeanette MacDonald: Notes on Psychoanalysis and The American Film Musical Edward Baron Turk I...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., erotic tension building to the rhythmic beat of African drums. The man urges the woman, “Come away with me. You don’t belong with him. I’ll make a new life for you.” The woman lifts her hand to cover her mouth and shakes her head in mournful refusal. “No, Eric. He may be a coward.” She pauses...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2015) 30 (2 (89)): 89–123.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Mafe is an associate professor of English at Denison University, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, gender, and black studies. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy Review, Frontiers, Safundi, Camera Obscura , and African Women Writing...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
... attribution. While I will address specific visual practices, especially expropria- tions of the conventions of antiportraiture in photography and fine art by African American artists (such as Lorna Simpson, Fred Wilson, and Glenn Ligon), my main example will be a science fic- tion short story, Ted...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... installed in the image archives of scientific and state surveillance and reproduced in mass culture via popular entertainment and the racially denigrat- ing visual consumption of African Americans in the commodity marketplace. These various visual forms, through their contrasts, therefore...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
... characters express and perform attitudes of care. The constant, implicit question of how to relate to others is framed by specific situations: a best friend marrying Walking( and Talking), a middle-­aged white woman adopting a young African American girl (Lovely and Amazing), a wealthy couple...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... African American and Black resi- dents who comprise nearly 8 percent of the region’s population.43 50 • Camera Obscura The series has one remaining recurring Black character: Cam and Mitchell’s sharply dressed friend Longinus (Kevin Daniels), who, true to racialized sexual scripts, performs an...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Mambo Girl  can be seen as consistent with what James identifies as a dominant tendency in the American rock- and-roll musicals of the late 1950s: narratively severing the music’s associations with juvenile delinquency, sexual release, and working- class and African American culture.15...