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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 93–123.
Published: 01 December 2004
...Laura Christian Camera Obscura 2004 Laura Christian is a doctoral candidate in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. James Lyons as Jack Bolton in Poison (US, 1991). Courtesy Killer Films Of Housewives and Saints: Abjection...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
... by the greater economic insecurity that middle-class women have been facing post–Great Recession but also by a variety social factors that generate feelings of immobilization and isolation. Abjection is often a principal sign of these characters' precarity—they inhabit spaces where they often recoil from others...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 139–159.
Published: 01 September 2009
.... The female protagonists in these films are, accordingly, associated with Julia Kristeva's notion of abjection (in particular, the construction of the maternal figure as abject through the imagery of parturition and the primal scene) and depicted in various guises as the monstrous-feminine, a potent source...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 91–113.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Emily Watlington Abstract This article considers the often‐overlooked role that disgusting imagery plays in the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist. In immersive installations and in single‐channel videos, Rist updates abject feminist performance art of the 1960s and 1970s for a media...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... to stage the satisfactions of marital bliss. Linda's fantasy of domestic modernity pointedly and spectacularly fails to cover over national histories of colonial violence and trauma. Meanwhile, Mei Li's premodern framework of animism enlivens these abject spirits otherwise buried by national and imperial...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of mutuality and political contestation rather than a mystified object of horror and abjection. Copyright © 2020 Camera Obscura 2020 Figure 1. Ruinscape. The Road (dir. John Hillcoat, US, 2009) As a recent transplant to the deindustrialized Midwest, I m often struck with uncanny dread when confronting...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 63–91.
Published: 01 December 2017
... and personally productive, offering nostalgic alternatives to both the gay cultural attachment to masculinity and the powerful historical narratives about the inherent abjection of queerness at midcentury. However, even as Infamous exposes, celebrates, and aestheticizes Capote’s effeminacy and the male...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 139–169.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., the author reads wer aesthetics as a response to cultural nationalism and a global queer discourse in military-resurgent Thailand. In its use of complicity as critique, wer aesthetics blurs the lines between capitulation and protest, abjection and enjoyment, thus revising how normativities...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
... of the 1979 film The Rose (dir. Mark Rydell, US), and in particular, through its spectacular reimagining of Janis Joplin's death, Bradshaw explores our cultural attachment to narratives of the diva's abjection and shame. By framing Joplin, that quintessential symbol of both 1960s rock-and-roll culture...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 1–43.
Published: 01 May 2000
... of phobic nationalism and the obsessive desire to guard national borders against strangers-foreigners who are coded as undesirable intrud- ers and stigmatized as others. I read The Tenant as a filmic narra- tive of abjection by analyzing two...
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Camera Obscura (2024) 39 (1 (115)): 63–93.
Published: 01 May 2024
.... e.gardner@deakin.edu.au alyson.miller@deakin.edu.au Copyright © 2024 by Camera Obscura 2024 antiheroine contemporary television motherhood abjection The antiheroine of contemporary television is no longer an anomalous figure who exists in the margins. In their 2017 foreword...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 41–71.
Published: 01 December 2009
.... Recycled Wounds  •  45 This construction of the Mizrahi body can be portrayed in terms of what  Julia Kristeva calls the abject body. Kristeva defines the abject as that which the subject expels and repudiates in an effort to constitute and stabilize his or her boundaries. The repul- sive...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 157–187.
Published: 01 May 2003
...-ridden than ever, falling deeper into a form of chronic abjection.8 Unlike bat- tered heroes such as Rambo, Welles never seems quite sure of his code of honor or of the righteousness of his anger. The relent- lessly brutal ordeals of Rambo “must be seen as being self-willed, as being the product...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2014
... them. Women’s losses and grief are frequently relegated to the decidedly unromantic category of depression.3 Indeed, the image of abject women viewers spending, in Molly Haskell’s words, “wet, wasted afternoons” sobbing over films aimed at female audiences suggests that depressed women...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 155–183.
Published: 01 May 2015
... a white racialized gendered perspective. This, however, is not a wholly abject or negative experience. The docusoap s melodramatic staging of this perceived excess can also produce pleasure for subjects who have been burdened with representations of excessive sexuality, embodiment, and affect. Indeed, I...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 243–274.
Published: 01 May 1997
...] subjectivity is in fact denied The creation of these submissive, secondary characters literally covers over the history of their foresisters. The Abject Self, The Android and the Uncanny Alien: Frontiers-Women and Femme Fatafes The shadow on the edge of bourgeois culture...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 105–145.
Published: 01 May 2006
.... As Doane points out, this “pure presence” is a fantasy of a maternal space, a space in which patri- archal society overinvests as a “comforting, nurturing, protecting” enclosure in order to reassure against the true horror evoked by a more radical and abjected maternal space of nondifferentiation...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 161–187.
Published: 01 December 2015
... offer exceptionally graphic depictions of sex and violence and generally deploy an aesthetic that privileges the shocking, the horrific, and the abject. The NFE has already drawn considerable attention among critics for the way it connects to larger questions of cinematic ontology. The promise...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 69–107.
Published: 01 September 2002
... positive identification logically entails a negative, counter-, or disidentification. For this reason, identification will always occur in relation to precisely what the identification would exclude or abject, what it would throw outside itself. That is, any identifica- tion must include the action...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 180–198.
Published: 01 May 1997
... There looms, within abjection, one of those vio- lent, dark revolts of being, directed against a threat that seems to emanate from an exorbitant outside or inside . . . It lies there, quite close, but it cannot...