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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 181–201.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Danae Clark Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 Commodity Lesbianism Danae Clark A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood. Its analysis shows...
Published: 01 May 2022
Figure 7. Overcoming the resistance of her own body in the very process of its commodification. La notte (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy/France, 1961) More
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 115–147.
Published: 01 May 2022
... of mute enjoyment of a nymphomaniac and a phantasmagoric figure of Valentina whose power of fascination is utterly mediated by the commodities among which she moves and the fashionable intellectual commonplaces she utters. This configuration is set up to map a labyrinth of existential im/possibilities...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 75–117.
Published: 01 September 2010
... and criticized the institution of marriage and the “cheapening” of sexual relations under commodity capitalism. Glyn's works entered the spirited debates on sexual comportment that took place during the 1910s and 1920s alongside the works of progressive activists such as Lois Weber and Marie Stopes. While...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 143–177.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... The article concludes by arguing that Born into Brothels puts to work the immaterial or affective labor of children in the production of cultural commodities as a humane and “empowering” alternative to coerced sex work. This move to mobilize the child as a new figure of economic promise indicates the vexed...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2022
... the star personae of Wong and Hayakawa in the geopolitical environments of the interwar era, the essay foregrounds the plasticity of voice as a form of cultural capital fetishized as an exchangeable commodity through the heavily marketed product of the new sound cinema. In this case study, the accented...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 1–25.
Published: 01 December 2015
... with Romanticism, transforming her into a commodity to be marketed to a modern mass theatrical audience. At the same time, this essay argues that the film questions its own use of spectacle, in particular CinemaScope and Eastman Color, to present its notorious heroine as an object of spectacle for contemporary...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 111–135.
Published: 01 December 2008
... and commodity fetishism as in the service of capital. First, the narrative frustrates all manners of substitution and exchange, so vital for both forms of fetishism. Second, the paternal function is continually evoked—typically in the form of the titular “Big Lebowski”—to be first submitted to critique...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (1 (31)): 48–70.
Published: 01 May 1993
..., three strands are conjoined in one climactic moment: a signifier of the precolonial, pre-Islamic belief system, which is also a signifier of El Hadji’s sexual impotence, and the attache case, a key signifier in the chain of objects that refer to commodity fetishism. There is a double...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... privacy depended on a series of both contrasts and alignments involving race and gender, consumer and commodity, and individual and type. For example, in Roberson, the plaintiff’s counsel used the supposed injury of the appropriated image in question to establish the white woman’s delicacy, virgin...
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Camera Obscura (1999) 14 (3 (42)): 50–69.
Published: 01 September 1999
... emerges, at least in part, from silences and elisions in the critical literature on nation, empire, and US cinema. 52 While scholars have recognized the status of US films as global com• modities (i.e., commodities whose paths of dissemination mirror the paths of global capital), mediating...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 78–116.
Published: 01 January 1988
... to provide an inappropriate setting for the display and promotion of commodities as desired by the networks and their commercial sponsors. Furthermore, the mass audience required to repay the expense of network programming encourages the depiction of a homogenized mass society, not the particularities...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 95–123.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., differs from Muñoz s notion of critical utopianism (7). Building on Ernst Bloch s ideas in The Principle of Hope (1959), Muñoz argues for a form of utopianism that seeks a radically democratic potentiality in the quotidian : for example, in commodities such as a bottle of Coke shared by two gay...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 242–261.
Published: 01 May 1994
... on extra-market patriarchal institutions, particularly the unpaid labor of homemakers. Here we suggest that the commodity audience that is bought by advertisers from broadcasters is similarly afloat on a series of extra-market, gendered social relations: the privatized...
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Camera Obscura (1982) 3-4 (2-3-1 (8-9-10)): 186–191.
Published: 01 December 1982
... experience, textualized him, given him the form of an object and introduced him into a cir- cuit of exchange. Godard, no less than anything else on display at the Walker or any other museum, can appear only as the commodity form of an art object. Godard...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2002
... with an image of the broader international, national, and local mobilization of bodies and commodities necessary for the sur- vival of American industrial capitalism and the family in the early twentieth century. Yet the film immediately connects this legiti- mate traffic to the scandalously illegitimate...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 128–135.
Published: 01 May 1981
... in the light of the preceding discussion. In itself, being designed by a woman does not necessarily improve this health commodity. Theoretically there is no reason why a “woman gynecologist” could not have “designed” the Rely tampon, which was recently withdrawn from the market...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 215–234.
Published: 01 September 1985
... to which he wants to remain within the critique of commodity culture. He writes, ‘‘I consider the Frankfurt School’s analysis of the commodity structure of mass culture of the greatest interest. ’ ’ 18 Modleski’sfailure to deal with the way culture and economics relate...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 155–168.
Published: 01 May 1988
... movement of reification was built into the commodity and its world, as one moment of a double movement that takes the rhetorical form of a chiasmus, in which things are personified and people are reified. Marx speaks of “an antithesis, immanent in the commodity, between use...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 128–153.
Published: 01 January 1988
... is certainly characterized by its many theorists as the age of crisis." Aligned with the rise of multinational and consumer capitalism, it replaces determining machines of production with weightless models of reproduc• tion, dissolving any possible distinction between aesthetic and commodity production...