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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 101–135.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Greg Youmans Since 2005, a number of video artists have mined the essentialist iconography and practices associated with 1970s lesbian feminism, such as central-core imagery, rural separatism, and Goddess rites. These artists have produced work that is pointedly queer in sensibility and that brings...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 3–5.
Published: 01 September 1983
..., socially and historically. The diversity of objects of analysis in this issue-classical film, video, prime-time tele• vision, "personal" avant-garde film, and the latest research on the repre• sentation of gays and lesbians in the media-helps to demonstrate that essentialist notions ofsexual difference...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 235–249.
Published: 01 September 1985
... the degree to which they intendedtheir book to embody conflicting approaches that have characterized the decade or so of feminist film theory.2 For, as we’ll see, they seem both to recognize and deny the differences represented. The essentialist /anti-essentialist debate is important...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 120–131.
Published: 01 September 1983
... discrimination. On the other, efforts have been made to identify and valorize a gay or lesbian aesthetic in specific films, based on essentialist premises. The latter approach seeks to explain gay and lesbian films as manifestations of intrinsic sensibilities derived from the film...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 195–214.
Published: 01 September 1985
... mother” (p. 203).15 Kaplan acknowledges the essentialist dangers of this position and the problems it poses for representation: “how to express Motherhood in a 207 symbolic world that represses it” (p. 203). On the one hand, women can attempt to remain in the realm of the imaginary; the...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 314–318.
Published: 01 December 1989
.... The problem with this position is that it posits signification as being somehow “outside of, or uninformed by, the psychic.” Conversely, feminist anti-essentialist theory in its fullest extension, and in its zeal to avoid essentialist notions of physical presence, represses both female and...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 144–156.
Published: 01 December 1984
... comparison between Lacan and Irigaray. In the case of formulations of the feminine or feminine language, the essentialist trap still yawns and is currently receiving such attention. Irigaray and Lacan have each been placed as essentialist and non- essentialist. They have been understood to be in...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 14–20.
Published: 01 May 1979
... been taken up by Michele Montrelay, whose work has been translated (in part) and discussed in the first issue of the British feminist journal mlf (see review in this issue). Montrelay’s argument for feminine specificity seems to indicate a way out of the essentialist and mimetic impasse that...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 78–99.
Published: 01 January 1992
... feminist culture is produced. I mean here to disentangle cultural feminism from its premature equation with the anti-pornography movement. I thus use the term cultural feminism to mean a sometimes essentialist and some- times anti-essentialist synthesis of identity politics and...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 60–71.
Published: 01 September 1983
... film community requires much more analysis of Keller's films than Taubin offers her readers. I would like to show how Amy Taubin can make her claims by wholly accepting the terms ofpersonal film criticism, and by turning those terms onto an essentialist feminism. In the Art/orum review...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 151–154.
Published: 01 December 1989
... reading, spectating, of making sense of the world around us, I also believe that there is sufficient variety within them to deter reductive or essentialist claims such as “this is the way all women read.” One of these “readers” is now being identified as the feminist spec- tator. To my mind...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 165–168.
Published: 01 December 1989
... set of hallucinatory visual experiences, which disturbed her and caused her to write a treatise in which she proposed something as essentialist as “womb vision.” As I argue in one essay, her fascination with light and the projection of images was a palimpsestic...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 183–186.
Published: 01 December 1989
... blood person; it refers too immediately and simply to biology, and hence too easily becomes essentialist and ahistorical. For me, at least, despite certain feminist celebrations of “the female,” it continues to have negative connotations. (Ever notice how feminists snidely use...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 134–147.
Published: 01 September 1991
... an ideal con- cept to further an anti-essentialist theory of femininity as it suggests that femininity is a “put on,” a costume. My problem is that Doane makes reference to two theoretical sources -Joan Riviere and Michile Montrelay-which on close inspection hold...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 181–201.
Published: 01 September 1991
... lesbian identity politics. This is a point that has so far been overlooked in the ongoing feminist and lesbiadgay debates over the issue of identity politics.41 At the core of these debates is the post-structuralist challenge to essentialist defini- tions of identity...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (1 (46)): 99–141.
Published: 01 May 2001
... the interview in this way to make Buchov feel comfortable while talking about the rapes, a sub- ject that for his generation was not easy to speak about.46 Kosta among others criticizes this staging for its obvious “essentialist” bias...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 6–11.
Published: 01 May 1994
... on-screen and audience women are formed at the intersection of socially-constructed and essentialist notions of femininity, and exemplifies her claims by scrutinizing the early 1990s “Mystery Loves Company” series involv- ing Confessions of Crime, The Hidden Room, and...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 40–65.
Published: 01 December 1984
... and a short space would have been preposterous. Yet the third was still the most bothersome, depriving me as it did of a place from which to speak. To produce a profusion of national identities (even if1 desired to do so, taking on the essentialist temptation for...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 127–132.
Published: 01 December 1989
... equally well undergo repression and so become unconscious (Freud 1953, v.17, 200-201). Moreover, while Freud’s references to the notion of bisexuality tend to be essentialist, his theory of the sexual drive as constructed in the human subject-propped on the vital order...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 132–137.
Published: 01 December 1989
... audiences but I would not explain this in terms of an “essentialist” argument about the female spectator. If some/all female spectators respond differently, the expla- nation must be sought in the way in which women’s subjectivity is constructed within social, cultural...