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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ariane Cruz Reading Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape and the dialogue surrounding it as a most fecund site for the collaborative laboring of black male sexuality, authenticity, and spectatorship, this article reveals the constitutive relationship between authenticity and spectatorship in the production...
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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...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
...). The article looks at these documentaries to explore black female subjectivity, with the trope of adoption acting as an organizing narrative principle. Adoption is treated as a metaphor of sorts, and one that might dislocate the primacy of traditional moralizing about what it means (not) to be a mother...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
...Mary Carbine Copyright © 1990 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 “The Finest Outside the Loop”: Motion Picture Exhibition in Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1905-1928 Mary Carbine In 1905 the first black-owned movie theater, Motts Pekin Temple, opened in the section...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 227–265.
Published: 01 December 2001
...-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 226 Mercedes de Acosta (1934). Courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library. 07-White.sh 226-265=40pg 4/18/01 4:05 PM Page 227 Black and White: Mercedes de Acosta’s...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 27–55.
Published: 01 September 2003
... depicted transformations in the meaning of public, paid work since World War II. Camera Obscura 2003 Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Unbreakable (dir. M. Night Shyamalan, US, 2000) Hoodoo Economics: White Men’s Work and Black Men’s Magic in Contemporary American Film Heather J...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 151–179.
Published: 01 May 2004
... kung fu movie is Yuen Woo Ping's Tai Chi Master . Jet Li in Romeo Must Die (dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak, US, 2000) The Legend of the White-and-Yellow Black Man: Global Containment and Triangulated Racial Desire in Romeo Must Die James Kim How may I touch you across this chasm of flown...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Deborah R. Grayson My head. Photo by Charles Moore. Is it Fake?: Black Women’s Hair as Spectacle and Spec(tac)ular Deborah R. Grayson But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for covering...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Joy James Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992) Black Femmes Fatales and Sexual Abuse in Progressive “White” Cinema: Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa and The Crying Game Joy lames Neil Jordan’s American success story Often in media and film, violence...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 29–55.
Published: 01 May 2018
... manifest as unreadable noise, interventions on the print page that produce a technological feminine. Situated alongside ANT (actor-network theory), media theory, and cyborg feminism, the technological feminine gestures at the limits of these attempts to de–black box media, insisting on an irreducible noise...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 129–153.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Kristen J. Warner This article explores the interstitial spaces between positive and negative representations of black womanhood on reality television. It argues that regardless of the presence of supposedly positive images in media, if audiences choose to see black women as “loud,” the symbolic...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Courtney R. Baker Recent African American film scholarship has called for an attention to the structures of black representation on screen. This work echoes the calls made in the 1990s by black feminist film and cultural scholars to resist the allure of reading for racial realism and to develop...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 88–115.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Erin Greer The episode “Nosedive” from the Netflix series Black Mirror (dir. Joe Wright, Netflix, UK, 2016) provides a dystopian version of a popular narrative about digital culture, according to which the ascent of social media marks the “feminization of the Internet,” its transformation from...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 132–141.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Jasmine Nichole Cobb In this interview, artist and scholar Deborah Willis describes the work of excavating and organizing the history of Black photography. Willis’s groundbreaking scholarship helped to formally establish an archive of Black visual practice before libraries and cultural institutions...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Sara Saljoughi This article examines the problem of collectivity in Forugh Farrokhzad's The House Is Black ( Khaneh siah ast , Iran, 1962), an experimental film set in a leper colony in northwestern Iran. Focusing on the film's experiments with form, the article explores how the development of new...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 117–147.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., the emergence of the “feminine mystique” in midcentury America. Figure 1. Matriculation: Brad Collins (Robert Ryan) as ex-­comrade and ex-­boyfriend of Christine Norman ( Janis Carter). The Woman on Pier 13 (dir. Robert Stevenson, US, 1950) The Red and the Black: Gender, Genre, and the Romance...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Ashleigh Greene Wade Abstract During the nineteenth and early to mid‐twentieth centuries, the Black press served as a cornerstone of Black social and political life in the United States. For Black Americans, newspapers and magazines functioned as both informational resources and philosophical...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 189–215.
Published: 01 May 2002
... of making babies enough to merit medicine’s gift of laboratory conception. Jonas has used his ill- gotten profit to buy a fleet of black minivans that telegraph his evil as unimaginatively as the red pickup assures us of Bill’s potency. But he has also spent a bit of money to build an imitation of Bill...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Alessandra Raengo This essay pursues an understanding of the blackness of black cinema that is unhinged from the body of the maker or the content of the image. It does so by reading blackness through the visual paradigm of the shadow — that is, as a blackness that cannot, other than ideologically...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Ellen McLarney This article charts Beyoncé’s multimedia intervention into the politics of the Trump presidency as she draws on the work of black Muslim and Latinx artists to challenge white monopolies on representation in the Breitbart era. It specifically looks at the political interventions...