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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1995) 12 (3 (36)): 12–31.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Deborah R. Grayson Copyright © 1995 by Indiana University Press 1995 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...
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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 September 2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
... culture. As the trope often goes, the black mother is incapable and unloving, embodying two stereotypes that Patricia Hill Collins sums up as the dominant cultural images of black women — welfare mother and black matriarch2 — albeit in Precious  both are pushed to extremes of perverse...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Rebecca Wanzo Issa Rae's web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011–13), initially posted on YouTube, and Lena Dunham's Girls (HBO, 2012–) are examples of the precarious-girl comedy in the new millennium. These sitcoms depict women experiencing a prolonged girlhood produced not only...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Catherine Zimmer This essay explores Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman (1997) in the context of reflexive practice in film. The film has been variously approached as queer cinema, women's autobiographical and documentary cinema, and black cinema; this essay emphasizes how one might add to all of...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
... success story Often in media and film, violence in black women’s lives is treated as an inherent liability of their color and sex. For “subtle’’ and graphic visceral examples consider respectively the “near” rape scene in Spike Lee’s She’s Got to Have It and the brutal gang rape of the black...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Research Center postdoctoral fellow and a research associate in the Department of Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University. © 2011 by Camera Obscura Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape (2007) DVD menu The Black Visual Experience: Hendrix, Porn, and Authenticity Ariane Cruz Since 29...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2003) 18 (2 (53)): 27–55.
Published: 01 September 2003
... about the relation of both white women and black men to white men’s perceived economic disempowerment. Indeed, the main character in the film, David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, is defined economically first by his wife, who requires that he abandon his career in order to act in accord with her...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
... enjoyed a certain autonomy in constructing a cultural “black world,” relatively free from overt white intervention.” The urban black class structure in this era has been described as a markedly truncated pyramid, with the majority of black men and women laboring in low-paying industrial...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... other women rising in the ballet corps to steal her place, Nina suffers the physical and psychological tolls of stardom, ranging from the realistic — eating disorders and suicide — to the fantastical — black feathers and webbed toes. As cautionary tales about the mismanagement of stardom...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2014) 29 (3 (87)): 117–147.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Norman ( Janis Carter). The Woman on Pier 13 (dir. Robert Stevenson, US, 1950) The Red and the Black: Gender, Genre, and the Romance of (Anti)Communism in The Woman on Pier 13 Robert Miklitsch The political agents of the Kremlin abroad continue to beat out the feminist drums...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
...- vidual prominent filmmakers as well as to women’s contributions to Iranian cinema. The singularity of The House Is Black  is recog- nized by film historian M. Ali Issari, who declares it to be one of the most important films out of a group of Iranian documentaries that received international...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 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: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 January 1990) 8 (1 (22)): 159–166.
Published: 01 January 1990
... as its central struc- turing principles. The film opens with a serious female voice-over ruminating on issues of black female identity and history. As the camera pans photos of black African and British women and girls, the voice asks, “why do you hide from me, my...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1995) 12 (3 (36)): 84–117.
Published: 01 September 1995
... odds are extremely slim that you will see any depictions at all of African women. As Nigerian literary critic Molara Ogundipe-Leslie notes, the black woman’s absence is “taken for granted The few instances in which African women are represented on the commercial or even the art house...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 1993) 11 (2 (32)): 102–123.
Published: 01 September 1993
...,” allowing the series to resist a too-easy portrait of rich(er) white women patronizingly “loving” black “help.” This particular episode ends ambiguously, with the suggestion of a “wild night” between Anthony and Suzanne. The show also self-reflexively plays off of the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2014) 29 (3 (87)): 33–63.
Published: 01 December 2014
... media’son ABC. 1971 focus This “Miserable Women on Television”: Irene McCabe, Television News, and Antibusing Politics Matt Delmont The slender mother of three alternatively goaded, rallied, calmed and steadied her followers through a long morning of active protest against pupil...