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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Political Storytelling (2009) and has written several essays on African American literature and representations of race in television, film, comics, and news media. © 2016 by Camera Obscura 2016 precarity television feminism race comedy sitcoms Figure 1. J (Issa Rae) repels at the office...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 125–155.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Show (CBS, 1960 – 68), 13 March 1967 television history southern rehabilitation The Andy Griffith Show comedy and race ...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 45–93.
Published: 01 May 2000
... with racist logics, and as blind-sighted and bull- headed as Maude Findlay herself. The way that these episodes treat the constructions of race and of antiracist politics echoes the more generalized construc- tions of Lear situation comedies as “relevant...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 170–176.
Published: 01 September 2006
... feminization of popular media” and the “accumulation of ambivalent, fearful responses” to feminism that is such a prominent characteristic of the early 2000s.1 The romantic comedy that flourished since the Camera Obscura 62, Volume 21, Number 2 doi 10.1215/02705346-2006-006  © 2006 by Camera...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 129–157.
Published: 01 December 2005
... provides an effective parallel. Jacobs, Wages of Sin, 11. 18. Williams, Playing the Race Card, 37. 19. For a discussion of concerns over rising divorce rates and the participation of film in the discourse around divorce, see Musser, “Divorce, DeMille, and the Comedy of Remarriage...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 78–116.
Published: 01 January 1988
...-class programs after 1958 because tensions between consumerist pressures and historical memories had been resolved. But the reappearance of race, class, and ethnicity in the situation comedies of the 1970s like All in the Family, Chico and the Man, and Sanford and Son testifies to the ongoing...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Maggie Hennefeld This article rethinks the emergence of narrative film syntax through the comedy genre, focusing on slapstick films that depict female unruliness. I discuss films featuring Mabel Normand, Florence Turner, Marie Dressler, Sarah Duhamel, and other forgotten silent comediennes, arguing...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
.../ Victoria, Edwards directs Andrews as a woman playing a man (a Pol- ish man, Count Victor Grazinski) playing a woman.39 These films explore the ways in which gender, race, and sexuality intersect in the production of comedy. While the ethnic and racial secrets of the female characters (Lili...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
... domains of war and political machinations. While one film takes on a serious ethical polemic (the innocent lives of civilians caught in the visual crosshairs of drone cameras) and the latter is a romantic comedy following the adventures of a journalist in Afghanistan, both visually capture important...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 224–249.
Published: 01 September 1991
... seem determined in significant measure by primal oral affect: commentators generally extol the first phase of the career, the Paramount Lubitsch/Mamoulian-Chevalier sex comedies, in which MacDonald’s operatic tendencies are curbed; and they denigrate the second phase...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 102–123.
Published: 01 September 1993
... to women’s daily lives and ways of being, and often it provides a way to critique race and gender stereotypes, an argument to which I will return. This connection is more important than the actual bits of pop culture which populate the series. Charlene, as a character...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
...’ played in our Race picture houses. It only appeals to a certain riff-raff element who loudly clap hands when the orchestra stops, misleading the leader to believe that his efforts are 31 winning the approval of the entire audience. . . . Polite syncopation during a comedy...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 188–189.
Published: 01 May 1996
... Street. Routledge, 1997. $65.00. Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms: Cultural Fever, Avante-Garde Fiction, and the New Chinese Cinema by Xudong Zhang. Duke University Press, 1997. The Comedy of Survival: Literary Ecology and a Play Ethic by Joseph W. Meeker...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 108–143.
Published: 01 September 2006
..., and the German relationship comedies of the nineties.15 What a more recent focus on popular German cinema has brought to light is the clash between local, national, and global spaces. In contemporary Germany, with the possible exception of Tom Tykwer, local and national tastes rarely converge...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2021
.... Minow, “Television and the Public Interest,” speech presented at the National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC, 9 May 1961. For more, see David Marc, Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture (Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989). 22. Jon Lafayette, “Linear TV Dominates Time Spent...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2022
... and Gloria Anzuldúa, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (London: Persephone, 1981); Barbara Christian, “The Race for Theory,” Feminist Studies 14, no. 1 (1988): 67–79; Kyra Gaunt, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (New York: New York...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Certainly, a steady stream of sitcom criticism argues for an inherent conservatism to the genre. David Grote posits that the situation comedy rejects the revolutionary poten- tial of other comedic forms because “the principal fundamental situation of the situation comedy is that things do...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 175–178.
Published: 01 December 1989
... with discourses of gender, class, race and nationhood across the social formation. The concept of “the female spectator” is not limited to psychic and textual analyses. It also informs the questions, assumptions and methodologies of film and television history. My research interests lie...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 109–149.
Published: 01 September 2013
... programming.9 Though the movement arguably began in the late 1960s with variety shows like Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-­In (NBC, 1968 – 73) and The Smoth- ers Brothers’ Comedy Hour (CBS, 1967 – 69) on the political left and procedurals like Dragnet 1967 (NBC, 1967 – 70) on the right, Lear’s introduction...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 111–135.
Published: 01 May 2014
..., between marriage and not-­quite marriage, and between the imagined and the lived. And the film itself occupies an in-­between space in cinema: between lesbian cinema and main- stream cinema, between advocacy film and comedy-­drama, and even between film and television. Attending...