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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2022
... spaces that engaged conversations of racial uplift, which often centered Black girlhood as an especially important site for assessing racial progress. Despite the evolving nature of media platforms themselves, the relationship between media and Black Americans continues to be a tool by which to measure...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Rebecca Wanzo Issa Rae's web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011–13), initially posted on YouTube, and Lena Dunham's Girls (HBO, 2012–) are examples of the precarious-girl comedy in the new millennium. These sitcoms depict women experiencing a prolonged girlhood produced not only...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (1 (112)): 31–53.
Published: 01 May 2023
... the expanded field of queerness, love, and girlhood. When the girl blows up, the image turns to black. While Akerman's film career begins with the literal explosion of the girl, erupting in Saute ma ville is the very possibility of the cinéfille —a story of love, creative formation, and new freedoms...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 129–165.
Published: 01 May 2017
... Picture Magazine published a black-­and-­white pho- tograph of an attractive girl. She is dressed in a dark tailored coat with a high collar rimmed with white fur. Her hands are completely wrapped in a fox pelt, and a hat adorns her coiffed hair. The girl stands erect, posing for a snapshot...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Candy, and Tomboy series come in traditional guitar shapes as well as colors conventionally associated with masculinity, such 22  •  Camera Obscura as black, dark blue, and dark purple. They also include star-­shaped neck inlays, rather than the daisy-­shaped inlays found in the more youthful...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 188–190.
Published: 01 May 2003
.... Trans. Susan Wise. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. Bruno, Giuliana. Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film. New York: Verso, 2002. Butters, Gerald R., Jr. Black Manhood on the Silent Screen. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2002. Chatterjee, Gayatri. Mother...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 197–227.
Published: 01 December 2001
... for her by French high fash- ion designer Lanvin. Fashion choices and captions also suggest that she represents an old-fashioned “nice girl” alternative to the flapper: she appears in a modest black afternoon frock and hat.42 While such articles do not have Pickford chasing bunnies à la Griffith...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (1 (58)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2005
...-screen meditation on the relationship between black cultural tradition and the museum, Baltimore (2003), and the installations in which Chantal Akerman recycles her own cinematic history (D’est [From the East, 1995] and Woman Sitting after Killing [2001 Even where there are no explicit intertexts...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 72–85.
Published: 01 September 1983
... to Markopoulos and has to do with the romance of New York, and for me, a real love of that whole area in the harbor. The other thing is that Markopoulos used a blinking format in his films, in which one image is presented and then it either fades or turns to black. It gives you a strong sense of rhythm...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., and Thalia González, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood (Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, 2017), www.law.georgetown.edu/poverty- inequality- center/wp- content /uploads/sites/14/2017/08/girlhood- interrupted.pdf; Aimee Meredith Cox, Shapeshifters: Black Girls...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
... are usually constructed, Black women do not simply react to what beauty culture mandates, they also recreate and redefine beauty culture. They do so because they have learned from girlhood that there are very real consequences for their hairstyle choices. The Importance of Being Like Barbie: Hair...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Courtney R. Baker Recent African American film scholarship has called for an attention to the structures of black representation on screen. This work echoes the calls made in the 1990s by black feminist film and cultural scholars to resist the allure of reading for racial realism and to develop...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 71–103.
Published: 01 May 2006
... of a long history of cross-racial ventriloquism in the United States, in which a particular black person appears in white imagery or is interpolated into white discourse to serve the communicative and representational needs of diverse white cultures. The essay traces the notice’s journey from...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 107–147.
Published: 01 May 2002
... Cultures (forthcoming from Duke University Press). Zoe Leonard, The Fae Richards Photo Archive, 1993–96. Created for Cheryl Dunye’s film The Watermelon Woman (1996). From a series of seventy-eight black and white photographs and notebook of seven pages of typed text on typewriter paper...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 145–177.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... Next door, the marginally older girls who make up the “advanced” class work with their teacher Tibet on two enterprising projects: first a shot-for-shot remake of a scene from The Birds (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1963), and then a nouvelle vague–inspired dreamscape in black-and-white. Fifteen...
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Camera Obscura (1999) 14 (3 (42)): 50–69.
Published: 01 September 1999
... through her vaguely "New York" accent. Like Independence Day (1996), a film that packaged its blatantly nationalist agenda (i.e., Americans saving the world from itself) in the guise of a domestic diversity embodied by its black and Jewish male leads (Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum), thereby...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of printing. Unable to pay this fee, Thornton admits to Purity that he wants to propose marriage but that nancial dif culties hold back his career. Here the lm cuts to Lamarque’s studio, where the art- ist tells his friend Luston Black (William Carroll, again playing the troublemaker) that he...
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Camera Obscura (2024) 39 (1 (115)): 63–93.
Published: 01 May 2024
... Munchausen syndrome by proxy, but her youngest child, Amma, is also the sadistic serial killer Camille is attempting to expose in her return to her hometown of Wind Gap. As Barbara Creed notes, the archaic mother “is the abyss, the cannibalizing black hole from which all life comes and to which all life...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 78–116.
Published: 01 January 1988
..., and it retained high ratings for the duration of its prime-time run. I The show's popularity coincided with that of other situation comedies based on ethnic working-class family life-The Goldbergs, depicting the experiences of Jews in the Bronx; Amos 'n Andy, blacks in Harlem; The Honeymooners and Hey...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 69–101.
Published: 01 May 2013
... 69 70  •  Camera Obscura front of the picture plane. The image is closely cropped around the triangle of empty space between her arms, thighs, and jutting breasts, her face obscured but for the black strokes of her lashes and arched brow. Foreground and background, the photograph...