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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
... produced by performances across the color line, I argue that Horne's withholding exploited the conventions of the cabaret to resist the circumscribed roles available to black women performers on the Jim Crow stage. In autobiographical accounts of her early nightclub performances, she embraces what I term...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Melissa Bradshaw “Devouring the Diva” explores the drives that push us to pursue, consume, and destroy the diva, arguing for a reading of the diva as a figure of feminine gendering and as a stand-in for the fetishized mother whom we ambivalently adore, mourn, and hate. Through an analysis of the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2008) 23 (1 (67)): 89–111.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Bradley Rogers This essay interrogates the popular ideology of integration in American musical theater, arguing that the “integration” of Oklahoma! was less the integration of music and narrative and more a related (and almost equally uneasy) attempt to minimize the eruptive force of female musical...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 5–31.
Published: 01 May 2014
... plotlines centered on the figure of a male sojourner who travels to undertake humanitarian work. These films confuse the categories of popular cinema and art cinema, fueling the divergent appraisals of Bier's oeuvre. The author argues that the films deploy the popular and gendered dimensions of melodrama in...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 81–109.
Published: 01 May 2014
... postcolonial subjectivity of being caught between two worlds in her documentary and short fiction films, including River of No Return (2008), Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002), Crocodile Dreaming (2006), and Two Bob Mermaid (1996). It argues that these films offer unique insights into the history of Indigenous...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2015) 30 (1 (88)): 41–69.
Published: 01 May 2015
... convergence, the article maps the supplemental transactions between the medial inscription of liveness and the biopolitical imperative to make live. It argues that reality TV's preoccupation with the obese body functions as a mechanism for the negotiation and containment of the medium's own anxieties over its...