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Published: 01 May 2021
Figure 4. Agnès Varda, Ma cabane de l’échec ( My Shack of Failure , 2006) renamed in 2009 as Une cabane de cinéma ( A Cinema Shack ). © succession varda More
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 35–63.
Published: 01 December 2016
... to confront. The questions that this article pose are: How does one attend to the needs of the individual alongside the challenges set forth by the group without the requirement to balance failure and breakdown against success and coherence? What processes might facilitate this balance? From within...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Jackie Stacey Sally Potter’s film Yes (UK/US, 2004) stages the political possibilities of cosmopolitanism through the aesthetics of a heterosexual love story whose failures reveal the limit points of such a vision. Read psychoanalytically, cosmopolitan aspirations share with love an idealizing...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... powerfully on the limitations of cinematic and historical discourses to speak about the black femme as a political subject. Analysis of Selma exposes the key problems of reception and criticism facing contemporary African American film. The film speaks to the failure of de jure representational regimes...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 60–87.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of repetitious drudgery that inevitably ends in failure. Close readings of Robertson’s engagement with diet and exercise are considered within the larger genealogy of women presenting their bodies for measurement in second-wave feminist art. This form of gendered labor is in stark contrast to the second...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 65–97.
Published: 01 December 2016
... writing initiatives and the failures and disappointments experienced in such projects, which can be seen as participating in a promise economy. “Promise economy” refers to a cultural economy that is based, or dependent, on certain promises that are inscribed in collaborative cultural practices...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 129–159.
Published: 01 December 2015
... cinema deployed in its attempt to manage a new and potentially dangerous circulation of the heroine's body. By highlighting these strategies' frequent failure to contain Dixit's flamboyantly dancing body, this article posits that the dancer-actress engenders a distinctive mode of performance...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
... address knowledge production, authorship, witnessing, and representation. The film manipulates the trope of blindness as a means to see what cannot be seen, to picture unrepresentable horrors found at the point of memory's failure. Second, I argue that this film uses blindness both to narrate histories...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2011
... the film's critical test of realism — both cinematic and identitarian. This essay argues that failure to achieve recognition under the normative presumptions that underlie our understanding of formations of both nonfiction and race/sexuality is arguably the source of the film's most productive tension...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Anne McKnight This essay considers how ideas about liberation flourished in Japanese sex films in the 1970s by exploring the genre of the housewife film as it traverses industrial contexts. Liberation was abandoned by melancholic male intellectuals after the 1970 failure to halt Japan's military...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 121–127.
Published: 01 December 1989
... to the question of female spectatorship and the importance to it of the proposition “The Woman does not exist.” I have space to outline only two of the most salient points. 1) What this proposition remarks, above all, is an inevitable failure, specifically, the failure of the sexual relation. It has...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2010
... immediately be placed under erasure.26 The point — perhaps better understood as a punctum — is the failure of the Symbolic, but this can be neither explained nor suggested (namely, symboli- cally) through the development of a narrative.27 It can be affected, given body to, traversed...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 250–273.
Published: 01 September 1991
... anything about it. I went home and ~artiedBut it was primarily the students’ “silence,” their failure to report the murder to the police-to say the right thing to the right people at the right time-that gave rise to anxiety about what had gone wrong with the kids in Milpitas...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 194–205.
Published: 01 May 1988
..., and in a manner which specifically invokes the position of the nineteenth-century female hysteric. The failure of Anna 0. to comprehend her native German while suffering her hysterical symptoms has been described as a “disruptive polylingualism” in which a refusal...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 185–192.
Published: 01 September 2017
... traditional game, sat- isfaction may come as a result of completing a quest, advancing the plot, or gaining levels or points. Paradoxically, in Queers there can be a cathartic satisfaction in deliberately failing in order to reset and try again after learning the exact details of failure. Satisfac...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 159–167.
Published: 01 December 2013
... and forever altered by the gay liberation movement, second-­wave feminism, the coun- terculture, and his own coming out.4 Today film and media serve as a privileged archive in queer theoretical inquiry. For example, in The Queer Art of Failure, Judith Halberstam asserts: “My archive...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 233–237.
Published: 01 May 1979
... with “what is specific to women,” but against theories which formulate this specificity in terms of an “egsential fern- inine” of any kind; secondly, MIF, from within a Marxist feminist framework, finds existing Marxist feminist positions inadequate be- cause of their failure to come to terms...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 296–320.
Published: 01 September 1991
..., parallels the logic I have pinpointed elsewhere in the discursive for- mation of ‘6postfeminism.”5 Now frequently employed in the mass media as well as in academic texts, “p~stfeminism’~is a term that has come to designate the self-induced failure of feminism. Written...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 158–184.
Published: 01 May 1995
... blade, and silk from a parachute-the cadre leader says to her "if there were more like you the Americans might win." (The operation, on a sucking chest-wound, is the same one she assists before her abduction, when two doctors blame her for their failure to save a patient...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 159–195.
Published: 01 December 2001
... to attempt to type Negri as vamp and that her particular incarnation extended and compli- cated the type. Furthermore, given the failure of Negri’s Ameri- can career, I also want to look into the reasons why the actress was not successfully subsumed into operative Hollywood typologies of femininity...