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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... Consequently, many aspects of this supposedly new aesthetic resemble cultural appropriation and cannibalization strategies that have been identified with colonial formations. Spectacular, Spectacular, Moulin Rouge! (dir. Baz Luhrmann, US/Australia, 2001) Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge! and the...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 155–165.
Published: 01 September 2016
... the contemporary politics of visibility, including the actions of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Chiapas, Mexico, the tactics of the global hacker group Anonymous, the politics of the veil or hijab, the use of balaclavas by Pussy Riot members based in Russia, and the performance of drag...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 154–165.
Published: 01 December 2020
... special attention to their process, their shared love for drag and camp, and to the complicated reception to their work. While Tejal returned to India soon after, the pair continued to remain in conversation over the decades, even as their own practices meandered into questions of gender performance...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 140–143.
Published: 01 September 2007
..., unapologetically flaming man-diva influenced primarily by church women, black blues singers, drag queens, hippies, and homos. Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream: a star not despite the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality he...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 151–159.
Published: 01 May 2008
..., River­ side.1 The conference included presentations by many prominent US cultural studies and art history scholars and featured an open­ ing performance by the legendary drag artist, internationally cele­ brated underground Blacktress, and “organic intellectual” Vagi­ nal Davis.2 Davis’s...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 52–84.
Published: 01 May 1995
... Politics and Poetics ofCamp; Camp Grounds) and earlier studies (Esther Newton's Mother Camp, Roger Baker's Drag) are being brought back into print. But whether prematurely announced or not, the death of camp raises the issue of aspects of death in camp-for the two have been longtime associates. As...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 195–203.
Published: 01 September 2016
.... Jemima Wyman, Combat Drag, 2008, 8 minutes, video (production still) IN PRACTICE: OPACITIES “The Criticality of Activism Needs to Be Applied to Art”: A Conversation with Jemima Wyman Jasmina Tumbas Almost three decades ago, the notorious anarchist...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 165–171.
Published: 01 May 2008
... number of queer cultural formations. From the obvi- ous and enduring subcultural institutions of gay diva worship and diva drag to the more mainstream inscription of their relationship in Hollywood collaborations (on- and offscreen), the legacy of dandy-diva pairing can be found every night in...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 73–101.
Published: 01 September 2007
... Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville, dir. Sylvain Chomet, France/ Belgium/Canada/UK, 2003) in which Baker makes a brief appear- ance as a cartoon figure; and Madame Satã (dir. Karim Ainouz, Brazil, 2002), a film based on the memoirs of a legendary Brazil- ian drag performer, João Francisco dos Santos...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 1–9.
Published: 01 May 2008
... acting career of rare intensity and carved out a solidary life among family and friends.” On the queer side of all things diva, male divas, drag and/ or transgender divas, and transsexual divas are represented in the remaining appreciations. Reportedly straight in real life, Vincent Price...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
... (Harry Dean Stanton), fought off the advances of one of his men, hijacked a limo and its driver, and been denied service at a diner for being a “hippie” — she seeks refuge in a drag club. There she is welcomed and showered with affection by female impersonators playing Bette Davis, Diana Ross...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2001
...- ceptually based performance, video, and phototext works, Wil- son masqueraded as a man in female drag, roamed the streets with her face painted red, cataloged her various body parts, manipulated her appearance with makeup, and explored the...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 178–183.
Published: 01 May 2008
... of a double-disc live album. Unlike Gar- land, whose life story of setbacks and survival provided an offstage intertext to her concert, Kiki’s (and, to a lesser extent, Herb’s) troubled biography was the text. The invention of Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman, Kiki (Bond, in drag...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 165–175.
Published: 01 December 2016
... present, self and other, and inclusion and exclusion. In constructing the adaptation of her book in this way, the filmmak- ers create a contemporary expansion of Tea’s original vision of the radical nineties punk-­dyke subculture to include transgender, drag queen, gay male, and gender-­queer...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 125–143.
Published: 01 September 1991
... legible in the figure of Jambi, the drag queen genie adorned with a turban, flaming red lipstick, and a single earring3 Here and elsewhere, Balfour is on the verge of linking the show’s gender destabilization with queerness (or is that linking the show’s queerness to gender...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 75–101.
Published: 01 September 1993
... the flowered cheong-sam of the opening scene exchanged for a drab male scholar’s gown-sings the role of the male lead, appearing in drag as the Autumn Traveler, a military poet-scholar who abandons his courtesan in order to make his return homeward. Fleur’s...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 1–45.
Published: 01 September 2004
... burlesque of the female,”24 but here that gender travesty appears to undergo further transgressive revision. There is something about the con- flicting messages of the image that gives it a double drag quality, as if the original subject of the masquerade were male and what we see is a man...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 154–157.
Published: 01 September 2007
... trouble, but I was ferociously loyal, and she stuck with me like a bad habit — caught, as I was, in her star hole. One afternoon, while desperately trying to stay awake in a medieval literature seminar devoted specifically to the subject of courtly love, I daydreamed of punk rock drag shows...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 149–153.
Published: 01 September 2016
... opacity surveillance camouflage plastic HIV Figure 1. Jemima Wyman, Combat Drag, 2008, 8 minutes, video (production still) IN PRACTICE: OPACITIES Opacities: An Introduction Zach Blas In Poetics of Relation, the Martinican philosopher and poet...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 4–7.
Published: 01 May 1990
... religious experience and a variation on drag (where men masquerade as men), the Elvis revival is a complex cultural form through which people make sense of their contemporary experiences by drawing on mass media memories. More- over, Spigel argues, the revival provides us with a way to think...