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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...
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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 (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Taylor Cole Miller Abstract At the same time the 1960s sitcom Bewitched aired in reruns next to drag queens on LOGOtv, a cable channel targeted to LGBTQ viewers, it also aired on the former National Christian Network channel (FamilyNet) immediately preceding a lineup of church programs featuring...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 155–165.
Published: 01 September 2016
... 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. Contrasting opacity...
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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
... regularity (The 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...
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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 (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 195–203.
Published: 01 September 2016
... 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 Hakim Bey...
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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
... 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, with his “mellifluous voice and epicurean demeanor,” along- side his...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 69–87.
Published: 01 May 2008
... 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, Barbra Strei­ Devouring the Diva  •  77...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 165–171.
Published: 01 May 2008
... a 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...
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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...
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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 (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
.... In Bodies That Matter, Butler points to the recurrence of the figure of the “melancholic drag queen,” a common stereotyped image of the homosexual. Melancholy, she notes by turning to Sigmund Freud, is “the effect of an ungrieved loss”;29 no surprises here, since a suite of common images...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 1–45.
Published: 01 September 2004
...- 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 impersonating a woman cross-dressed as a man. Readings that construct Brooks’s portraits as reflecting the “soul” of the subjects through...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 75–101.
Published: 01 September 1993
... 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 transvestite performance and appropri- ation of the traditional male...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 165–175.
Published: 01 December 2016
... 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 adaptations of the original cis- gender female book characters. Although Valencia: The Movie/s is ostensibly about a specific...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 176–205.
Published: 01 May 1990
... pleasure. In this way, the performance has a certain similarity to drag, although here, of course, the performers are kings instead of queens. Most impersonators and their fans would not agree with this analogy, nor do I ,think they would like it. Although I have no idea about their actual...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 178–183.
Published: 01 May 2008
...-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 and heavy...