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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 71–101.
Published: 01 September 2019
... feature female detectives, this essay argues that Campion reworks the genre’s fascination with victimized women from her auteurist and Antipodean perspective. While the characterization and actions of the female detective resonate with other programs’ protagonists, Campion challenges dominant discourses...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 31–61.
Published: 01 December 2019
... production and reception, I argue that the content and form of TV in its developmental years directly contextualize industry and society. In its first decades of mass use, television refigured spatial relationships by creating an uncanny liminality between the public sphere of commerce and entertainment and...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... gendering of these concepts, Osucha argues that they can also be explained by nineteenth-century anxieties about stabilizing the boundaries of racial whiteness. Analyzing the historical legal discourse via the seminal 1890 Harvard Law Review article “The Right to Privacy,” as well as via early case law...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 73–109.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Zahid R. Chaudhary This article aims for an account of materiality that helps apprehend race as a material reality while attending to its semiotic, aesthetic, and cultural signification. Through a close reading of Alfonso Cuarón's film, Children of Men (UK, 2006), the author argues that allegory...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
... “handing over the camera” to the native, or autoethnography, this article argues that the liberatory impulse of child media advocacy needs to be interrogated as a part of the legacy of harnessing media for turning deviant or dangerous types into productive social subjects. The centerpiece of the article is...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
.... First, I address knowledge production, authorship, witnessing, and representation. The film manipulates the trope of blindness as a means to see what cannot be seen, to picture unrepresentable horrors found at the point of memory's failure. Second, I argue that this film uses blindness both to narrate...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Irene Gustafson This article analyzes Shirley Clarke's seminal film, Portrait of Jason (US, 1967). Through an examination of the film's formal qualities within the context of its production and reception, this article argues that the film is best understood as a “screen test.” The relatively scant...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
... and complicity, not rebellion or resistance. Both, however, use the danchi wife to frame their broader social critiques. This essay argues that far from being the end of politics, sex films see liberation in intimate formal relation to postwar political and economic realities. Finally, I argue that...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Katherine Fusco Using recent work from philosophy, film studies, and economics, this article analyzes two instances of star discourse — Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience — to identify an emerging trend in contemporary cinema. I argue that these...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
.... Taking those close-ups alongside Girl 6 's interpolation of 1970s blaxploitation film and television, this article argues that the film is as concerned with the elision of public and private spaces for racially marked figures as it is with the reduction of positive black representation to commodified...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... relations between sound and image corresponds with the projection of a collectivity to come. The article argues that the film does not seek to humanize the members of the leper colony but rather to radically rethink the relation between the filmmaker and the subjects of the film. This new relationship as a...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 93–127.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Hervé Picherit This essay argues that the French actress Arletty, née Léonie Bathiat, engaged in a multifaceted and complex form of selfhood that profoundly influenced her role in the classic film of the French occupation period, Les enfants du paradis ( Children of Paradise , dir. Marcel Carné...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 165–175.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Liz Clarke; S. Topiary Landberg In this article, the authors argue that the 2013 omnibus film Valencia: The Movie/s (US) presents a unique approach to collective filmmaking in its adaptation of Michelle Tea's queer coming-of-age memoir Valencia (2000). This approach creates a sense of cultural...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 111–135.
Published: 01 May 2014
.... In this article, the author argues that analyzing both the various kinds of crossovers that The Kids Are All Right engages at a thematic level and the form of crossover that the film itself undertakes in its perceived intervention into American film culture provides a way of understanding the film's...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Jennifer Lynn Jones; Brenda R. Weber This article examines the fame-hungry reality celebrity mother as a template for a new form of the female grotesque emerging within the postmillennial mediascape. Using a model of transmediation, the article argues that understanding this figure requires...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 101–127.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the sense of a regimen for cultivating the self, as Michel Foucault argues in volume 3 of The History of Sexuality . As Foucault makes clear, any care regimen is also an ethos in the classical sense, pertaining to debates about contested meanings and values particular to a community that in turn...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 133–161.
Published: 01 September 2019
...E. L. McCallum This essay argues that twenty-first-century melodrama films by female directors rework the core components of classic melodrama form—not only its timing, but also narrative form, agnition, and the underlying fantasy of union. While they retain a focus on objects and setting as...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 163–193.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of freedom, belonging, and coexistence beyond European and North American contexts. Like Butler, the author relies on a claim about temporality but argues that the plural temporalities of Southeast Asian modernities allow for different relations between minority and majority populations and between...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 195–207.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Liz Linden The essay looks at photographs from American photographer Anne Collier’s ongoing series Woman with a Camera (2006–). The essay argues that Collier’s series anticipates and “invents” the selfie by using anachronistic found materials. A number of Collier’s works in Woman with a Camera...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2019
... Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and the socially detached and universal individualism, naturalized sexual difference, and essentialized female consciousness newly mainstreamed around the mid-1980s in China. The article argues that the dismissal of Zhang toward the end of the 1980s reveals both the...