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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (1 (31)): 71–95.
Published: 01 May 1993
...John Mowitt Copyright © 1993 by Indiana University Press 1993 Sembene Ousmane’s Xala: Postcoloniality and Foreign Film Languages John Mowitt Though this paper focuses on the textual analysis of a specific film- Sembene’s Xala (“temporary impotence” in Wo1of...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 33–59.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Giancarlo Cornejo Abstract This article offers a reading of the Peruvian film Loxoro (dir. Claudia Llosa, Peru/Spain/Argentina/US, 2011), which stars the transgender activist Belissa Andía. “Loxoro” is the name of a language used by travesti communities to survive in Lima, Peru. The main plot...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 93–127.
Published: 01 December 2015
... rendered by montage or whip pans. The Snake Pit and Sorry, Wrong Number , like other films of the 1940s centered on female insanity, exploit the language of cinema in order to make spectators partake in their pathologized versions of the sensory world. This restructuring of perception by mental illness has...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 167–177.
Published: 01 May 2017
... of documentary address, representational regimes, and cinematic and verbal language are important areas of political interrogation. Each film is a complex construction in which the “real” is only one element in an affective and reflexive architecture of performance, fiction, poetry, and the intuitive...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... misunderstood, Gelley contends, not primarily because of the transgressive nature of their subject matter but, more importantly, for the negativity and ambivalence of their critique and the way in which they reinvent the conventional cinematic language of heterosexual intimacy. Fat Girl is one instance...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 41–69.
Published: 01 September 2019
....” It asks: How do activist media (makers) respond to the appropriation of liberal values? What language—visual, affective, political—do they use to remain morally and aesthetically legible to a wider public and majoritarian decision-makers while insisting on the need for structural transformation? To work...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 131–159.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the rigidity of physical space and the ephemerality of real-time information processing. The contested boundary between public and private is necessarily reconfigured along with the mediated gaze relation, its articulation with language and textuality, and its possibilities for communication and horizontal...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 39–63.
Published: 01 May 2011
... of Antigone, Oedipus's daughter, the marginalized and yet inerasable point of departure for another psychoanalysis— perhaps for another theory of the archive. In light of what Judith Butler calls Antigone's “scandalously impure” claim, a claim that appropriates the very language of the power she defies, I...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Irene Gedalof Where do spaces of the home figure in contemporary studies of transnational, migrant, and diasporic cinema? According to Hamid Naficy, “accented,” exilic, and diasporic cinema primarily evokes a state of “permanent deterritorialization,” producing cinematic languages of discontinuity...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2012
... Vision ) and its interrogation of language and translation, the Xin Lu series offers a queer diasporic critique of nationalism and globalization. Situating Ma's video practice in relation to the theoretical work of Rosalind Krauss, David Joselit, Richard Fung, Aihwa Ong, Pheng Cheah, and others, Feng...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 146–153.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Martha M. Lauzen From the release of The Hurt Locker in October 2008 through the Academy Awards ceremony in March 2010, Kathryn Bigelow and her film garnered substantial press attention. An analysis of articles appearing on Bigelow in major English-language newspapers worldwide during this period...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
... of seeing.” But this mode of seeing is not innocent; it is, to adopt Heideggerian language, a “challenging” or “enframing” of seeing, such that the quotidian processes of imagination and conceptualization evident in the human senses are instrumentalized according to specific interests and outcomes. I wish...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Wen], Hong Kong, 1957), which introduced to Chinese-language cinema the figure of the carefree singing and dancing teenager. The figure she cuts in the film, and in many other of her vehicles, is sunny to the point of relentlessness and wholesome and upright to the point of unbelievability...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 93–115.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez Lucrecia Martel is quite possibly the leading filmmaker in Latin America today, thanks to her subtle yet scathing critique of patriarchy's traditional gender roles and normative sexuality through a multilayered and innovative cinematic language that privileges...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 66–87.
Published: 01 May 1981
... in the domain of a semiology of the cinema. With the publication of the essays collected in Essais sur la signification au cinima (the first volume, translated into English as Film Language), Metz largely initiated the attempt to apply a structuralist methodology to the cinema. Complementing the al...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 6–29.
Published: 01 May 1981
...Constance Penley © 1981 by Camera Obscura 1981 La jetle (Chris Marker, 1963) Introduction to “Metaphor/Metonymy, or the Imaginary Referent” Constance Penley Roland Barthes once described Christian Metz’s style as one of “rabid exactitude,” embodying the jouissance of the language...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (1 (46)): 1–45.
Published: 01 May 2001
... and the purity of his or her intentions, the need to hear the “original” sound track in its “original” language—both of these mutually determining notions are invoked as proof of the superiority of subtitling over dubbing, yet few find these issues...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 14–20.
Published: 01 May 1979
... and the repressed of western (male) discourse. Irigaray ends up reclaiming in the name of feminine discourse pre-existing categories of language which have al- ways been assigned to women and madness. Irigaray is not alone in proposing feminine difference (and fem- inine discourse...
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Camera Obscura (1982) 3-4 (2-3-1 (8-9-10)): 192–209.
Published: 01 December 1982
..., Godard’s cinema privileges spoken language. Unlike most other bodies of work, however, Godard’s films do not privilege dialogue: “conversation” is only one possible type of language use in a Godard film. There are also, most notably, reading aloud, composing aloud for transcription, interviewing...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 144–156.
Published: 01 December 1984
..., feminine and feminist language or writing, the sex/ gender system, intentionality, and tendentious. She introduces several theoret- ically troubling questions (for example, are avant-garde and feminine practice the same?) to which, in a testament to her thoroughness, she does return...