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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Anthony Reed This article situates Spike Lee's neglected collaboration with Suzan-Lori Parks, Girl 6 (US, 1996), as part of a broader shift in Lee's understandings of race in the neoliberal era. Its main character, simply called Girl 6 (Theresa Randle), aspires to be an actress, but after...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 109–149.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Erin Lee Mock Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (syndicated, 1976 – 77) rightly remains a touchstone for television scholars whose work emphasizes genre, gender, and sexuality, and its creator, Norman Lear, is a critical figure to discussions of the television industry in the 1970s. I argue...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 167–173.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Nathan Lee This piece reflects on the concept of “undetectable” through the double lens of HIV/AIDS discourse and the metaphysics of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz. With the advent of antiretroviral therapy treatments for HIV infection that effectively reduce one's viral load to levels that elude...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
... substance to an optical approach to race. Through this series of close readings, the essay identifies a continued tendency for blackness to attach to something or to seek a place to land and a body to identify. Eventually, building on an analysis of Lee Daniels's 2005 film Shadowboxer (US) and other...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 149–153.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of the female body's objectification and also a catalyst for collectivization. Heather Davis argues that plastic is an opaque queerness, and Nathan Lee writes on the condition of being HIV undetectable as an optimistic imperceptible relationship to one's body. Across these texts, opacity operates...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 97–125.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Lee Wallace Lisa Cholodenko’s three films High Art (US, 1998), Laurel Canyon (US, 2002), and The Kids Are All Right (US, 2010) all tell the same story: a sexual and emotional ingenue arrives in a tightly circumscribed social world that both resembles and departs from a conventional family. At its...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 104–125.
Published: 01 September 1996
... culture has become famous for its production of muscular bodies-from Bruce Lee, through the kung fu comics, to Jackie Chan. John Woo's tightly choreographed gunfight sequences are a sheer deployment of virile bodies. In the movies of Tsui Hark and Wong Kar-wai...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 3–17.
Published: 01 December 1984
.... The female voices telling Jean and Lee’s story alternate between third-person and first- person accounts of the couple’s relationship. The piece opens with the third-person narrator announcing “Lee calledJean. ’’Jean, in first-person, 8 is talking to herself while combing her hair in front...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 60–71.
Published: 01 September 1983
... is that there is no logic to the film's construction of a point of view. The film continually switches voices between Chris and Lee, but by the montage and the overlapping of image and sound, the point of view that Keller holds as filmmaker is unclear. We can never be sure "whose side," if anyone's...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of the Chelsea Hotel penthouse while the offscreen voices of the director, Shirley Clarke, and her collaborator, Carl Lee, alternately flatter and scold him.1 Nor have I begun to describe the quality of Jason’s increasingly dramatic stories of his handtomouth existence. Portrait of Jason  is a film...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2011
... enabling work of the sentimental in some blogs. Meggy Wang and Jenny Zhang’s blog Fashion for Writers and Joon Oluchi Lee’s (aka Joony Schecter’s) lipstickeater are two examples of fashion-­themed blogs that reroute the processes of producing, consuming, and circulating fashion objects...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 151–179.
Published: 01 May 2004
... things? —Li-Young Lee, The Winged Seed Searching his murdered younger brother’s apartment for clues to guide his investigation, Han Sing (Jet Li), the protagonist of Romeo Must Die (dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak, US, 2000), discovers an object that plays as curious a role in his personal history...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 192–211.
Published: 01 May 1994
... introduction of her new boyfriend Lee (Corey Parker) to her circle of friends. Melissa has nightmarish fantasies about Lee being an obnoxious spectacle to her group; and her discomfort with his otherness (young age) as well as the discomfort she conjures up for and projects...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 142–153.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to achieve it. The concept is often vaguely defined as implying any kind of plurality of stories and expressions, or, as Mara Lee points out, just a perspective that funding should be based on.30 A perspective does not entail obligations but func- tions as mere institutional polishing, Lee argues, using...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... behind the fans in an earnest attempt to make her now-­shameful body disappear. I have described this Chinese American woman as embody- ing the fantasy of the postwar American woman. Scholars such as Robert G. Lee, David Palumbo-­Liu, and Anne Anlin Cheng inter- pret Linda as the modern...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 52–76.
Published: 01 September 1996
..."; it also has to be appropriately narrativized. As powerful as When We Were Kings' footage of the struggle against Belgian colonialism is, the visual spectacle requires either a subtle voice-over or incisive commentary from Norman Mailer, George Plimpton or Spike Lee in order for its protagonists...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 29–61.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the film’s display of Mia’s body, viewers suddenly find themselves inhabiting that body, subjected to the teacher’s libidinous advances. In this way, the scene oddly evokes the type of strategy employed by Spike Lee in She’s Gotta Have It (US, 1986), in which characters deliver misogynistic pickup...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 63–91.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., to investigate the murders of farmer Herb Clutter, Herb’s wife, Bon- nie, and two of their children.1 Alongside his friend Nelle — the novelist Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) — Capote interviews Hol- comb residents, including Kansas Bureau of Investigation detective Alvin Dewey (Jeff Daniels). Capote...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 184–193.
Published: 01 May 2008
... a tradition of vernacular knowingness about transgender identities in New Zealand, whether found in the margins of literature such as in Frank Sargeson’s story “That Summer,” or recognized, as Lee Wallace has argued, in other national cultural contexts.3 But the collection of visual evidence...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 35–61.
Published: 01 December 2011
... Feminism In their history of masculinity studies, Tim Carrigan, Bob Con- nell, and John Lee outline the men’s movement that arose in the 48  •  Camera Obscura 1970s in conjunction with feminism and its broad goal of “wom- en’s liberation.” They argue that, in this period, the traditional...