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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Tison Pugh Despite the progressive ambitions announced in its title, the sitcom Modern Family (ABC, 2009–) has been excoriated by many viewers for its purported conservatism and reactionary politics. In particular, the program’s treatment of homosexuality, evident in the story line of gay couple...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Douglas S. Ishii The “ Modern Family effect,” a reference to the ABC family sitcom that premiered in 2009, first emerged to describe the program’s ratings success and then shifted in meaning to discuss its seemingly bipartisan depiction of same-sex marriage. This convergence of television’s...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 139–159.
Published: 01 September 2009
... is ultimately conservative and functions as a form of narrative containment, the modern purification ritual that emphasizes the need to be recuperated into the male order of things. Camera Obscura 2009 K K Seet established the Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore in 1992...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 97–125.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Lee Wallace Lisa Cholodenko’s three films High Art (US, 1998), Laurel Canyon (US, 2002), and The Kids Are All Right (US, 2010) all tell the same story: a sexual and emotional ingenue arrives in a tightly circumscribed social world that both resembles and departs from a conventional family. At its...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 15–55.
Published: 01 December 2005
... in the US, and the second wife, who takes good care of her stepdaughter; Sunny Cloud (Seidon, dir. Nomura Hotei, 1933), which depicts the dichotomy between a moga daugh- Imaging Modern Girls  •  29 ter from a wealthy family and a traditional middle-class girl...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 111–135.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Jodi Brooks The Kids Are All Right (US, 2010) is Lisa Cholodenko's most commercial film to date and has been the most divisive in its reception. Pitched as a film of and for the times, the film has been celebrated for its portrayal of a lesbian family unit and taken to task for its homonormativity...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 108–143.
Published: 01 September 2006
...) and filled with a sense that it is “too late” (30). In this sense, both the space and time of melodrama tend to look backward at a familial and national space and time in which the contradictions of modernity could be reconciled. As Singer points out, quoting Georg Lukács, melodrama temporarily...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 129–157.
Published: 01 May 1995
... bound up in the moga. The alienation of the independent woman from family, romance, and even legitimate employment is precisely the decline of "the social" that modernity was held responsible for by Japanese intellectuals. At stake, clearly, is a subjective space for women...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., might reframe the moralistic tone with which black motherhood in particular is policed in popular culture. Figure 1. A modern family: the Klein-­Clouds in Off and Running (dir. Nicole Opper, US, 2009) Between Mothers and Daughters: Adoption, Family, and Black Female Subjectivity in Finding...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 57–89.
Published: 01 December 2005
... that in Japan, as in other peripheral sites, modernity was perceived as a perpetu- ally incomplete process. It was necessarily characterized by an unevenness not only between city and country life but also within the private realm of the family and in the public life of the street, where different...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 161–171.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Michael T. Martin While slavery is distinctive in human history, its enduring legacy and practices in the modern world are manifest in the “disposable” labor that provisions the brothels, sweatshops, and agricultural plantations in the global economy. This interview with filmmaker Amy Serrano...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 43–75.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of modernity and traditional or religious law, this essay argues that Longinotto frames the women not as “primitive others” but as entrenched in the complex paradigms of modernity. Moreover, the four documentaries under consideration weave together the activities of expressing pain or witnessing the pain...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... at mesmerizing all who encounter her in life or at her nightly show. What explains her momentary lapse in this par- ticular performance? The key to understanding such a disruption of fantasy is the anachronism of the traditional Chinese family in the space of capitalist modernity, which here takes...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
... the idealized image of modern femininity acquire a particular clarity in the performance of song and dance. The Mambo Girl and Her Double Mambo Girl can be described as a family melodrama – cum – song- and-dance film, containing several additional scenes of musical performance that center...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (2 (47)): 79–131.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of cooking, their distinguishing features were of little practical value; yet they also embodied the emancipatory possibilities of technological progress through their very flamboy- ance. Similarly, design trends like streamlining and push-button control panels evoked modernity itself. The impressive bulk...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 84–117.
Published: 01 September 1995
... (such as child rearing and food 87 production) in “modern” environments. A related issue involves the continued familial pressure on many young women to have numerous offspring, even though those children are no longer needed as farm- workers in rural settings. This practice brings with it concerns...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 33–61.
Published: 01 May 2017
...]. Life is ruined.” Philosopher Olúfémi Táíwò notes how in the context of British colonial West Africa, missionaries’ insistence on the impor- tance of the bourgeois nuclear family served as part of its coding of modernity as centered on “monogamy, companionate marriage, and romantic...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 73–101.
Published: 01 September 2007
... in France from 1925 to 1975 and became a French citizen in 1937, is best remembered for spectacles of modern primitivism such as the costumed cabaret dances represented in films like the 1935 extravaganzaPrincess Tam Tam (dir. Edmond T. Gréville, France) and Zouzou (dir. Marc Allégret, France, 1934...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 129–157.
Published: 01 December 2005
... Victorian and contemporary models of sexuality, marriage, and divorce. Her assimilation was thus characterized as a move not only from East to West or from primitive to civilized but also from traditional to modern, at a time when definitions of the modern woman were hotly contested. While...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
... we read the emergence of the “horror city” as a representation of the political unconscious of this historical conjuncture. Many films refer back to older mythologies of imperial and racial conquest, but also by doing so represent the symbol of modernity—the city—as travel back to a traumatic past...