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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 89–111.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Bradley Rogers This essay interrogates the popular ideology of integration in American musical theater, arguing that the “integration” of Oklahoma! was less the integration of music and narrative and more a related (and almost equally uneasy) attempt to minimize the eruptive force of female musical...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... sensibilities. This essay argues that BREAKAWAY is an inherently collaborative and cross-disciplinary work that self-reflexively invokes the utopian aspirations of the American underground and popular culture during the mid-1960s, especially through its utilization of rock and roll, a genre rooted in vernacular...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 69–98.
Published: 01 December 2012
... the syncopation, thereby making it dif cult to sing along. The editing of the number, which cuts between a series of eerily low- angle close- ups of each girl alone, further highlights the differences the number is ostensibly called upon to eradicate in the name of American music. Even though...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of Cinema, and Fabrikzeitung. Epistemology of the Answering Machine 37 Figure 4. The first (2011) and second (2012) editions of Transition, with alternate subtitles duration and identity queerness and queer theory sound and sonic technologies vocality and voice American popular music...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
... University Press, 1999); and Krystyn R. Moon, Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s – 1920s (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005). 9. See Caroline Chung Simpson, An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 134–153.
Published: 01 September 1995
... to uncover the strategy she employs to remain unique and popular.2 To deconstruct the multi-texts of Whitney Houston we must first describe the history of the popular American music industry. When Houston was 21 years old in 1985, her first album, titled Whitney...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
... on the T.O.B.A. circuit as early as 1914.76 Travis recalls that the great “blues belters” of the era were frequent attractions at the Grand and M~nogramBlues as well as jazz drew on a distinctly African-American musical heritage, and the blues incorporated tra- ditions of West...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 1990
...), most academics concerned with contemporary popular culture and music have avoided sustained critical analysis of rap. A few literary scholars and theorists have explained the historical and cultural heritage of rap as an African- American form, while others have made passing reference...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 39–71.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Stacy Wolf Camera Obscura 2007 Stacy Wolf is an associate professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (2002...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
... musical fashions such as American rock and roll, swing, mambo, calypso, and cha-cha. Her performances stand out as key sites for the cinematic remediation of foreign musical styles, channeling and absorbing their connotations of otherness, exoticism, and sensuality. Moreover, Mambo Girl catalyzed a far...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 206.
Published: 01 May 1990
... Civilization at Brown University where she is completing work on her dissertation, “Rap Music and Resistance: African-American Cultural Theory and Practice.” She is a 1990-1991 Bolin Fellow in the History Department at Williams College. Her work on rap music appears...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (1 (46)): 143–179.
Published: 01 May 2001
... the flavor of specific urban neighborhoods and to accompany the representation of the main male characters. La Haine’s dialogue is repeatedly inflected with recontextualized American urban slang, and it includes scenes of DJing and dancing, two elements...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 144–153.
Published: 01 September 2007
... specificity of Andrews’s star image, see Stacy Wolf, A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002). 5. Kostenbaum, The Queen’s Throat, 90. 6. Lauren Berlant underscores the efficacy of the diva...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
... argument about the Hindi song-­dance film providing an unacknowledged model for the centrality of songs in recent US cinema. See his “Picturizing American Cinema: Hindi Film Songs and the Last Days of Genre,” in Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, ed...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 57–91.
Published: 01 December 2004
... relationship to the entertainment of the period: “The early Seventies had felt like the last moment of pure, popu- lar culture fantasy and fakeness that I shared with my parents, when we were still united in this image of happy American famili- hood. . . . And The Carpenters’ music seemed especially...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
... that contemporary cabaret performance — as a place where women singers narrate their musical histories through story and song — can constitute an “embodied archive of American cultural history.”44 Horne’s Broad- way show took up this cabaret tradition of life writing and theater history...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
... for such a murder scene. Isn’t death found down dark alleyways at night? Doesn’t nature serve as a site of reju- venation in American national mythology? Not necessarily. This scene demonstrates the principle that landscape can function like music to express what would otherwise be inexpressible. As Techni...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 4–7.
Published: 01 May 1990
... C. Allen’s “ ‘The Leg Business’: Transgression and Con- tainment in American Burlesque” explores the little known history of nineteenth-century burlesque theater, particularly in the light of the burlesque queen’s shifting status as subject and object of desire. Using the very scanty...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Drum Song and Specters of Modernity Juliana Chang The showgirl’s striptease in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammer- stein’s Chinese American musical Flower Drum Song (dir. Henry Koster, US, 1961) is risqué to be sure, but the scandalous nature of the scene lies not in the success...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 74–107.
Published: 01 September 2006
... as president was to cut veterans’ benefits18 — the debacle con- tributed to his victory and to the defeat of Hoover’s reelection campaign. The figure of the Forgotten Man that begins to appear in American popular narrative at about this time condenses these two election-year acts...