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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (3 (111)): 115–143.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Emma Ben Ayoun Abstract Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (France, 2012) and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (US, 2017) tell, in very different ways, a familiar story: a disabled, female protagonist is rehabilitated by romance, restored in her role as the object of heterosexual desire...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 165–173.
Published: 01 May 2016
...-motion animated films that explicitly consider questions of disability, gender, and political action. This article considers in particular the short films The Toll Collector (US, 2003), made by Lift founder Rachel Johnson, and Henrietta Bulkowski , currently in production at Lift. It argues that both...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 155–165.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Zach Blas; Jacob Gaboury This conversation between scholar Jacob Gaboury and artist Zach Blas explores the unique challenges posed by contemporary digital media technology to the political projects of queer, feminist, critical race, and disability studies. Asking how we might negotiate the politics...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
... of subjection through blindness—by governmental, military, and medical regimes—and to suggest that blindness can be mobilized to recover subjectivity. I trace how both “cultural” and medical diagnoses of ability and disability constitute the grounds for a troubling reiteration of power and knowledge and create...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 55–87.
Published: 01 September 2015
... visible borders in space, the film illustrates how psychoanalytically and phenomenologically informed, expansive notions of the body and perceptual field matter for understanding transgender and other forms of gender dissonance. Drawing on disability studies, queer theory, and transgender theory...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 197–207.
Published: 01 September 2018
... meanings of humanity. Popular among contemporary participatory documentary interventions aiming to empower dehumanized subjects such as impoverished children, disaster victims, disabled individuals, and endangered animals, immediations include tropes such as the photographic aesthetic of innocence...
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Camera Obscura (1999) 14 (3 (42)): 4–29.
Published: 01 September 1999
... by NYPD officers and their families, who have used mob connections to buy homes outside of the district they patrol. Freddy is the shy, gentle sheriff of Garrison who longs to be a member of the NYPD but is barred from the force by a disability, a hearing loss incurred when...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... chooses a dialogue option, all other options are temporarily disabled on both of their screens to allow time for performance on stage. A projection behind the stage, facing the audience, shows both the available and disabled options along with cartoon representations of the characters being...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 59–89.
Published: 01 September 2022
...: Harvard University Press, 1919), 7, 27. 46. Martha L. Rose, The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003), 50, 65. 47. Rose, “ Attenberg , Dogtooth , and the Weird Wave,” 59. 48. Williams, Screening Sex , 26...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
...- ing on known hot-­button moral issues such as suicide (The Virgin Suicides [dir. Sofia Coppola, US, 1999 abortion Palindromes( [dir. Todd Solondz, US, 2004 pedophilia (Happiness [dir. Todd Solondz, US, 1998], Life during Wartime [dir. Todd Solondz, US, 2009 and disability (The Safety...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 155–157.
Published: 01 September 1995
...: Orientalism in Film edited by Matthew Bernstein and Gaylyn Studlar. Rutgers University Press, 1997. $18.95. Italian National Cinema by Pierre Sorlin. Routledge, 1996. $17.95. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Cultwe and Literature by Rosemarie Garland Thomson. Columbia...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 194–199.
Published: 01 May 2008
... to face his attacker with a smile full of blood. His singing voice, his most potent diva tool, can belt out a passionate “Lady Marmalade” like Patti LaBelle, but it can also be used as a weapon, like the proverbial velvet hammer. Lorne uses his upper register to disable, but not to injure, his...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 54–75.
Published: 01 September 1991
..., the ability to represent for herself a distance from the body which is the prerequisite for desire.”6 This closeness to the object, Doane writes, disables fetishism and voyeurism as options for the female spectator. Freud connected hysteria with the power to identify: identification allows...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 63–87.
Published: 01 September 2017
...) and Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), are Korean War veterans who have difficulty fitting back into civilian life. Marco is disabled by bewildering nightmares. Shaw is almost incapable of emoting and making personal connections. Unbeknownst to them, their prob- lems arise in part from the fact...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 243–274.
Published: 01 May 1997
... of the monster on the slab. The damaged parts of this disabled body (which may be a human with chromosomal peculiarities) first began with a burnt wound on the thigh, but we have watched a vagina-like gash grow from crotch to gullet, like a victim of Jack the Ripper (like the death of Lulu, played...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., the film crew). Her muttered refrain, “Come here. Don’t let go of the children. Come home. Take the children by the arm,” has no audience within the dieg- esis but, I suggest, echoes beyond the final frame. Makhmalbaf presents both mother and daughters as physi- cally and verbally disabled...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 129–160.
Published: 01 May 1997
...- le~tMany have noted, including Hawking’s own family, that his ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) may have empowered and motivated his genius: “Profound disability can confer an unexpected power to con- trol event writes Matthews, and the appearance on Star Trek says...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 149–187.
Published: 01 May 2002
... by simultaneously thematizing and baring the device, that is, by presenting visual technologies as means of pro- duction as well as of revolution. By assuming panspecies, visual media literacy throughout, Babe disables the human power of self-determination made available through visual technologies...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 32–73.
Published: 01 September 2006
... of the Bhopal tragedy.17 How- ever, the disabled body of the mystic in this episode is demytholo- gized by the specter of Bhopal in that he is not simply a represen- tative example of an atemporalized general Third World poverty, malnutrition, and medical care. Rather, his disability might itself...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
... of facial recognition mechanisms in the brain to speculations about modifying or disabling them. The evidence for the existence of such mechanisms leads Davis to ask, “Are there further specializations within that for gender, skin color, age, and even attractiveness?”9 His essay demonstrates two...