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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 1996) 13 (2 (38)): 4–28.
Published: 01 May 1996
...Catherine Williamson Copyright © 1995 by Indiana University Press 1996 Swimming Pools, Movie Stars: The Celebrity Body in the Post-War Marketplace Catherine Williamson In the minds of many people, Esther Williams and...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... filmmakers exploit what I term the audience's cruel knowledge about actresses in order to position the films in relation to the other art forms associated with their actresses (ballet and pornography). Building from the premise that spectacle and excess are necessary to both celebrity and cruelty, I argue...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
... Africa in two celebrated twenty-first century films, The Constant Gardener and Blood Diamond , and questions whether problematic archetypes still hold in the new millennium. By reading both films as noir thrillers with humanitarian agendas, the article highlights their subversive potential to “enlighten...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2010) 25 (2 (74)): 75–117.
Published: 01 September 2010
... long promoted an idiosyncratic “philosophy of love.” This philosophy celebrated aristocratic manners, enhanced arousal through restricted physical contact, role plays of dominance and submission, and a eugenic progress through racial hybridity. She emphasized women's physical and emotional satisfaction...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and the discourse that frames it: the authenticity of the celebrity body, the authenticity of sex (real sex resulting in tangible, visible pleasure) and most of all, racial, sexual authenticity. The polyvalence of authenticity operating in Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape is matched only by the plurality of...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Cynthia Chris In 1916, a celebrated artists' model named Audrey Munson appeared in her second film, Purity . Munson's film career and the film itself are little known. This essay shows that this particular film played a role, heretofore unacknowledged, in the development of National Board of Review...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2012) 27 (3 (81)): 69–98.
Published: 01 December 2012
..., and male and female personality traits. By examining the career of one mismatched woman, Deanna Durbin, I revisit film theory's reliance on discourses of synchronicity and patriarchy to account for the female voice in cinema. I show how Durbin's celebrity is dependent on a developing conception of...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2015) 30 (2 (89)): 29–53.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., this article considers what digital cinema's capacity to create “original” performances means for questions regarding the real, the authentic, and the performer's aura. Virtual performers bring contemporary culture to a new extreme of celebrity commodification. With performances separated from the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 111–135.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Jodi Brooks The Kids Are All Right (US, 2010) is Lisa Cholodenko's most commercial film to date and has been the most divisive in its reception. Pitched as a film of and for the times, the film has been celebrated for its portrayal of a lesbian family unit and taken to task for its homonormativity...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
... independent film proper. Seldom, however, are these female directors absorbed by the promotional rhetoric of “Indiewood.” Specifically, their authorship rarely fits the mold celebrated by this discourse, which is that of the “maverick” star auteur—for example, Charlie Kaufman, Wes Anderson, or Todd Solondz...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2015) 30 (1 (88)): 129–153.
Published: 01 May 2015
... celebrate them but as part of a “make-do” identificatory project through which black female audiences can indulge the ostensibly disreputable aspects of themselves within their own communal spaces. Kristen J. Warner is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2015) 30 (1 (88)): 185–195.
Published: 01 May 2015
... a dumbed-down media form with a low entry threshold for participants, its diminished cultural value rubs off on participants' claim to fame, while its reputation for creating D-list celebrities confirms reality TV's low cultural value.” While this is true of reality TV in general, this article...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... political economy and liberal politics underwrites the program’s titular modernity, which celebrates its portrayals of sexuality, kinship, and intimacy as progressive, yet bases them in conservative visions of gender. While the program announces its token interest in racial plurality through its core...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2017) 32 (3 (96)): 63–91.
Published: 01 December 2017
... personally productive, offering nostalgic alternatives to both the gay cultural attachment to masculinity and the powerful historical narratives about the inherent abjection of queerness at midcentury. However, even as Infamous exposes, celebrates, and aestheticizes Capote’s effeminacy and the male...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2019) 34 (2): 103–131.
Published: 01 September 2019
.../France, 2012). It explores how one of the most prominent contemporary feminist filmmakers, whose work celebrates the life and activism of revolutionary women from Rosa Luxemburg to Gudrun Ensslin from the Red Army Faction, transforms the “historical Arendt” into a “cinematic Arendt.” Although not a...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2019) 34 (2): 209–219.
Published: 01 September 2019
... piece explores those dynamics, considering how public discourse around these scandals may help us interrogate the problems of both celebrity and sexual violence. Copyright © 2019 Camera Obscura 2019 sexual violence sexual harassment stardom celebrity Me Too #MeToo ...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2008) 23 (3 (69)): 35–79.
Published: 01 December 2008
... colonial fetish that haunts the making of modern architectural theory and the celebrity of Baker become the site of critical possibility through which we can track the conjoined stories of “modern nudity” (as stylized purity) and “primitive nakedness” (as material embodiment.) Tracking the charged concepts...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Robert A. Rushing The Italian peplum film (sometimes called the sword-and-sandals film) enjoyed a brief but intense vogue from about 1957 to 1965. Over three hundred of these films were made following the same basic model: a bodybuilding celebrity (Steve Reeves, Reg Park) was cast as a heroic...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2009) 24 (2 (71)): 107–137.
Published: 01 September 2009
... film to celebrate Morocco's cultural history and to trace out a feminist trajectory that embraces the country's Islamic heritage. More specifically, it conveys its protagonist's embrace of Sufism simultaneously through a narrative influenced by Sufi poetics and a Sufi-influenced visual aesthetics. Yet...