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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 93–127.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., France, 1945). Adopting Marcel Mauss's categories of the human mind, the author maintains that the relationship between Arletty's person, her star persona, and her function as a personnage (character) constitutes a unique form of aesthetic selfhood recognized by her contemporaries but largely...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 39–75.
Published: 01 May 2020
... reflection on how we modulate our sense of selfhood through interactions with others. This article examines Sobell’s video performances with chicken carcasses, instantiating the ambiguities of mother- infant relationships, in connection with her Brainwave Drawings , a series of installations based on...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 157–167.
Published: 01 December 2019
... common in television storytelling: theme singing as declaration of selfhood, theme singing as expression of kinship, and theme singing as assertion of community. Further, it analyzes Solange’s and SZA’s involvement with Insecure (HBO, 2016–) as music consultant and soundtrack contributor, respectively...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 155–183.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Pier Dominguez This article examines Bravo's Real Housewives franchise (2006–) to theorize the aesthetic, affective, and performance qualities of docusoap televisuality. It argues that the franchise functions through a financial and affective economy of “money shots,” or moments of predictably...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 5–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... openness to new ideas, new people, and new connections—that makes them sane. This notion provides a way of thinking about the aesthetic and political stakes of a collaborative process of creative production, such as the one employed in the making of Shortbus and made visible in its final form. This essay...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 144–153.
Published: 01 September 2007
... dynamic of subjective affirmation and aggrandize- ment, cultivating through aesthetic performance a metamor- phosed selfhood that is at once valued and valuable, authoritative and authorizing. It is for this reason that the diva remains, even today, a profoundly provocative figure...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 1–9.
Published: 01 May 2015
... MEDIANZ as well as the advisory board of Celebrity Studies . Brenda R. Weber is professor of gender studies and film and media studies at Indiana University. Her books include Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity (Duke University Press, 2009); Women and Literary Celebrity in the...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2001
... visible as an artist without becoming objectified as a woman, but of how such a question could even be posed within an artistic milieu defined by what Benjamin Buchloh described as conceptual art’s denigration of aesthetic pleasure and concomi- tant...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 165–195.
Published: 01 September 2005
... sexual selfhood. Redefined as an indexical symptom of sexual dissonance, my devotion to Andrews suddenly became a catalytic signifier of shame, a palpable marker of my failure to achieve heteronormality and, thus, another attachment to cache away in the cavernous closet of protogay childhood...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 2014
... direc- tor’s oeuvre, much scholarship in contemporary feminist film studies is attuned to thematic and aesthetic questions and to the materiality of commerce and access. The female director study constitutes a crucial optic within the discipline, offering new appraisals of the relationship...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 71–99.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., for example, is allowed to indulge in the spectacle of what reality TV dubs “hot messes” — partying twenty-­somethings, teenage mothers, and junkies in need of an intervention — only through a wink and a nod to the industrial, aesthetic, and promotional discourses that surround the genre of...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 65–97.
Published: 01 December 2016
... arise from such analyses are particularly important for the future of feminist think- ing, not least because feminist theories of art and feminist aesthet- ics have traditionally been closely tied to questions of performativ- ity, participation, and the sociopolitical dimensions of art...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 129–165.
Published: 01 May 2017
... actress. In this way, girls communicated their discerning spectatorial tastes and their affective alliances. Second, girl fans used the aesthetic markers popularized by prominent movie stars — such as hairstyles, clothing, makeup, and mannerisms — to express the identities to which they...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... insistence on questions of subjectivity and selfhood seems to ges- ture presciently toward the questions of self-­othering that post- structuralist critique would bring to bear on ethnography in the 1980s, Worth and Adair are in fact ultimately empiricist in their approach to these issues. The authors...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... American media. She has published in Antenna and In Media Res . Brenda R. Weber is professor of gender studies and film and media studies at Indiana University. Her books include Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity (Duke University Press, 2009); Women and Literary Celebrity in...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 128–153.
Published: 01 January 1988
... any possible distinction between aesthetic and commodity production and proclaiming the end of meaning, the liquidation of the referential, and the dissolution of identity. With this crisis in representation comes a crisis in power, authority and legitimation as the traditional "mas• ter...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... existence on the ground. But the film also addresses, through its aesthetic terms, the difficulty of representing African American femme existence onscreen. Insofar as they query the structures of and desires for rep- resentation, both of the film s projects retelling and representa- tion invoke without...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 9–57.
Published: 01 December 2001
... personae to a series of principles reveals an index to the genesis of film stardom per se. To view the birth of stardom from this perspective demands a fundamental shift in our assessment of the young industry’s aesthetic and cultural dictates. Rather than a fixed galaxy of stars associated...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... wholly embrace the Web 2.0 culture of user-generated content, the site does share in its spirit and feeds on the notions of selfhood produced by it. New Porn: Beautiful Agony’s Sophisticated Consumer Beautiful Agony, created in 2004, is a subscription-based site fea- turing videos of...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 88–115.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to make it to a frenemy s 96 Camera Obscura wedding, the show s aesthetic is itself evocative of a hyper- femme Instagram feed. The color palette is dominated by pastel pinks and blues, and the homes and open- plan offices depicted share the chic, anonymous aesthetic recognizable from popular...