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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 71–101.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of victimized women by intervening in the global circulation of women’s bodies on television. By drawing on Zoë Sofia’s work on female bodies and container technologies, this essay argues that Campion’s use of pregnant victims and her exploration of a female detective’s history as a survivor of...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 189–215.
Published: 01 May 2002
...Bonnie Blackwell Jan de Bont directs Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in Twister (1996). A Blustery Day for a Baby: Technologies of Family Formation in Twister Bonnie Blackwell I have erred against every common-place notion of decorum; I have been open and sincere where I ought...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Jonathan Cohn This article focuses on the birth of social networking and digital recommendation technologies and their relationship to current cultures of postfeminism and neoliberalism. These technologies, primarily designed to bring users in touch with other people and consumer goods, are tied to...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (2 (47)): 79–131.
Published: 01 September 2001
...), transcoding a narrative of technological progress into another realm, like consumerism or romance, and encouraging women to derive pleasure from their kitchen labor by purchasing and using commodities that signified technological progress and contained the promises of a future (“being elsewhere,” the sec...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 9–57.
Published: 01 December 2001
... Bodies in Shock: Gender, Genre, and the Cinema of Modernity . Pearl White Technologies of Early Stardom and the Extraordinary Body Jennifer M. Bean If everyone can agree that “why and how stars came into promi- nence and what purposes they served for their audiences” is a question...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 42–69.
Published: 01 May 1990
...Robert C. Allen Copyright © 1990 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 “The Leg Business”: Transgression and Containment in American Burlesque Robert C. Allen Introduction This fall (1990) marks the fifteenth anniversary of the publication of Laura Mulvey’s “Visual...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 92–115.
Published: 01 May 1996
... of the body by technology does not essentially differ from the idea of the body as a self-contained and present entity, for it is equally, though perhaps more surreptitiously, subsumed under a rhet- oric of visibility and immediacy. Whether one thinks of the body as fully present or as...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... their domestic roles and responsibilities while still firmly containing their bodies within the family home, safe under the watchful gaze of concerned parents.34 Indeed, given the spatial limitations placed on users of this wired technology, the primary images transmitted and recorded are likely...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2002
... Trubus’s office to the trafficker’s and secures the evidence needed by the police to identify them. Traffic in Souls thereby assures its audi- ence that technology carries with it the power to contain or recu- perate the same dangers it unleashes, in part because a new “extension” can always be...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 7–35.
Published: 01 May 2009
... (forthcoming MIT, 2010). From Colour Separation (Mongrel, 1997). Courtesy of the artist. Introduction: Race and/as Technology; or, How to Do Things to Race Wendy Hui Kyong Chun This special issue poses the questions: to what degree are race and technology intertwined? Can race be...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Thomas Foster This essay analyzes a postcyberpunk science fiction story by Ted Chiang, an Asian American writer. The story speculates on the technological manipulation of visual perception through the direct modification of visual processing structures in the human brain. It focuses on the...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 65–91.
Published: 01 May 2016
... and mobi- lizing machinic collectivities of a new kind. Her brings to the fore a sense that contemporary technological affordances far exceed prosthetic enhancement and contain the potential for unex- pected developments, long-­term connections, and quasi-­mystical experiences of the beyond...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... BeautifulAgony.com , a site exclusively focusing on the face of orgasm. Using Tom Gunning's research on the gnostic impulse of cinema, or the drive to reveal “new visual knowledge” through technology, I interrogate hard-core representation in the context of visual media and knowledge production. Beautiful Agony's...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... technologies of feminine modernity act as technologies of empire, creating pleasurable affects by incorporating the world into the nation and self. It then demonstrates how the limits of the technological approach to fantasy and spectacle are epitomized by the breakdown of Linda's daydream sequence, an attempt...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2020
... “relegate the embodied voice to a service role of rendering audible the coherent thought.” Similarly, for trans-gender individuals undergoing vocal change, media technologies of vocality like the telephone and the answering machine—the subject of this article—do more than render subjects audible. Through a...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 109–133.
Published: 01 May 2009
... come to signify global terrorism.11 Digital biometrics, especially FRSs, are touted as the latest instantiation of technologies of identity. Facial recognition systems enable the rapid comparison of two digitized images, usually of individuals’ faces, that are contained in a data- base. They...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 116–131.
Published: 01 December 2020
... media. They consider changing norms, politics, and film practices in relation to technology and the body. They debate how we might know, and what we might need, from feminist-queer pornography given feminist-queer engagements with our bodies and ever more common cyborgian existences. Their informal chat...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Lindsey Green-Simms This essay examines the aesthetic dimensions of the “occult melodramas” of West African video-films by discussing how filmmakers use the technology of video to recreate the sensuous impact of daily rumors that speak to spiritual and socioeconomic anxieties. Given that these...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 67–107.
Published: 01 May 2009
... directly inspired by that article, Osucha links the doctrine's fundamental concern with privacy-as-property to new understandings of subjectivity, commodification, and the image produced at the nexus of an emergent commercial mass media and technological and social transformations of photography in the...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Minh-Ha T. Pham This essay closely considers the political limits and possibilities of fashion-themed blogs. Specifically, the author examines the ways in which such blogs are everyday cultural sites that are framed by and can potentially reframe neoliberal relations of culture, technology, and...