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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... Modern Family ’s adaptations of sitcom narrativity allow it to advance its progressive ambitions, while the program also plays with the humor of gay stereotypes ultimately to demolish binary assumptions of queer political identity. To read a sitcom through a political lens of conservatism versus...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 125–155.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Phoebe Bronstein This article examines The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, 1960–68) within the context of civil rights news reporting and articulates how the sitcom used humor to reenvision and rehabilitate the South in its safer white image. By 1960, due to civil rights news coverage, racism could...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 155–183.
Published: 01 May 2015
... reimagines the thrilling anxiety of these money shots through humor. Pier Dominguez is a doctoral candidate in American studies at Brown University. His dissertation, “The Melodramatics of Queer Race: Affective Economies in Contemporary Media Cultures,” examines the performance and mediation...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
... in the classic psychoanalytic account of abjection, often depicting its protagonist as a dehumanized object full of disappointed drives, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl humorously blends the historical weight of black abjection with other kinds of abjection, so that the abjection its protagonist uses...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 99–111.
Published: 01 May 2019
... with other Akerman works as a poetics of understatement, collage, juxtaposition, and humor are forged. Fearlessly exposing her psyche, Akerman uses spatial and visual dimensions of display to turn her writing into a form that signifies far beyond writing’s ordered words as they might otherwise be reproduced...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 91–97.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of working, especially on documentary and installation pieces; her preference for frontal shots; her lack of interest in rules, realism, and character psychology; and her humor. The tribute closes with the filmmaker’s own words on her last film, No Home Movie (Belgium/France, 2015). Chantal Akerman...
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Camera Obscura (1980) 2 (2 (5)): 100–110.
Published: 01 September 1980
... not want Kristeva at her worst, trying to recon- struct an “archaic laughter-space,” but perhaps we can still let her put her best foot forward in a last waltz with Freud: A sense of humor seems to be built up beginning with these semiotic supports [the archaic laughter-space] upon...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 202–223.
Published: 01 September 1991
...” and to allow them to envision alternatives to tradi- tional family structures. I will outline the range of meanings that were assigned to the figure of the “Wild Woman” as she moved from turn- of-the-century debates about suffrage through romantic fiction, pop- ular humor...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 102–131.
Published: 01 May 1994
... conventionally has dealt with a single comedic situation in a family or ensemble group that is neatly resolved within the half-hour episode. Sitcoms generally have been shot with multiple cameras (on film or video) in front of a live studio audience and have utilized a joke-based humor underscored...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2014
....”10 While I have not encountered a critical theorization of mel- ancholia in relation to romantic comedy, some theorists have recog- nized a crucial connection between melancholia and humor. Simon Critchley, for example, quotes Friedrich Nietzsche: “Perhaps I know best why man alone...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (2 (44)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2000
.... Within the history of the comedy genre, these films repre- sent a specific form or subgenre that had significant resonance in Germany at a point of rapid cultural transformation. Of course, humor is one method through which the psyche contends...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 42–69.
Published: 01 May 1990
... high. In the Preface to Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding points to the related set of distinctions upon which burlesque humor depends: the horizontal ordering of society and culture into distinct and autonomous categories. The aim of burlesque, says Fielding, is “to exhibit monsters, not men...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of narrow and high- concept humor at a time when sitcoms were considered less profitable.2 In 2014, Daily Beast writer Kevin Fallon praised the season 5 finale — in which Cam and Mitchell’s wedding marked the final overturn of California’s ban on same- sex marriage — as “a landmark moment in the mar...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 97–129.
Published: 01 May 2010
... for laughs. While avoiding any theory-based gender analysis, Sand- ers finds his more interesting readings in the realm of the sexual, rightfully contending that “to deny that homosexual humor is present in many of their films is, I think, to diminish their stature and richness.”8 But what can...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 159–166.
Published: 01 January 1990
... humorous. The director does justice to the documentary and fictional components of her film by privileging neither and by exploring the emotional impact of both types of dra- matic representation. History is conceived as the interplay between documented personal accounts...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 130–143.
Published: 01 December 1984
... of familiar experience in an utterly alien circumstance - the ‘‘beauty of circumstance” celebrated by Baudelaire coupled with the ‘‘beauty of indifference” cultivated by Duchamp. Irony is the critical engine of Surrealist humor in Bunuel’s oeuvre, which is frequently nourished by ready-made...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (1 (106)): 155–185.
Published: 01 May 2021
... the camera's point of view that would not be easily accomplished with larger equipment. Although the film had not yet premiered, this post seems to humorously reference the motif of eyes in Visages Villages , developed through Varda's failing eyesight and her desire to see JR's eyes that are obscured by his...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 101–135.
Published: 01 December 2012
.... The new queer media work invites us to look at cultural feminism playfully and generously, seeking out and unearthing obscured sites of sexi- ness, humor, and nonnormative gender expression. I will take up this invitation in particular with regard to the s short experimental lms...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 109–137.
Published: 01 May 2020
... Without You plays while brown people are being shot to death. The slapstick humor of Whiskey allows the Ethical Whiteness and the Death Drive 111 banalizing of death and loss and takes on a necropolitical irony in the context of knowing what soldiers were doing in Afghanistan. In 2010, for example, we...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (1 (64)): 186–193.
Published: 01 May 2007
..., the Phallus, and the Future  •  187 phallus of French feminist theory, accompanied by her medita- tion on the expectation of smut that the phallus provokes and her reframing of those expectations through the invocation of “the lesbian phallus.”3 Visitors to this humorous section of the archive would...