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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Cynthia Chris In 1916, a celebrated artists' model named Audrey Munson appeared in her second film, Purity . Munson's film career and the film itself are little known. This essay shows that this particular film played a role, heretofore unacknowledged, in the development of National Board of Review...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 89–123.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., and addictive gameplay. As the latest installment in an award-winning franchise, BioShock Infinite entices players on reputation alone. Although the game's marketing presents it as a clichéd FPS game with a stereotypical white male hero and nonstop action, BioShock Infinite regularly interrogates its own models...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 159–167.
Published: 01 December 2013
... on and consistently modeled the responsibilities of a gay film critic was the late Alexander Doty, who pushed even further what it meant to queer a text. Doty insisted, as Wood did two decades before him, that queerness is less to be found “in” texts than in the reception and production of texts, particularly...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 111–151.
Published: 01 December 2009
... that impact. Histories of cinema generally fall within several dominant paradigms: world cinema; Hollywood or industrial cinema; and cinemas in contradistinction to the Hollywood industrial model—national art-film movements and avant-gardes resistant to the industrial paradigm and its influence. Though...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2008
... to explore and realign the long-contested relationships between nationalism and feminism and between individual and communal agency. Despite this possibility, the article finally posits that while Khleifi's and Suleiman's films both construct transgressive models of femininity, the possibility of aligning...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 157–187.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of a synchronic analysis of affect and ontology. This article argues that the analysis of a particular passion, coalescing in a series of moments in a single star text, offers a way to reconcile these divergent theoretical models. Matt Tierney , PhD, is assistant professor of English at Penn State...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 129–159.
Published: 01 December 2015
... that suggests a different model for understanding female agency and the authorship of film narratives and star texts. Figure 1. Madhuri Dixit performs “Ek do teen” (“One Two Three”) in Tezaab (Acid, dir. N. Chandra, India, 1988). Stardom Ke Peeche Kya Hai?/ What Is behind the Stardom? Madhuri Dixit...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2017
... as a model for collectivity is analyzed in tandem with a reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1965 essay “The Cinema of Poetry.” The article examines several of the film's formal strategies, such as the mobilization of the female authorial voice, in discussing how the film engages with and expands on the notion...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 133–139.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of feminist pedagogy. In response, FemTechNet created an online DOCC (distributed open collaborative course) that modeled the cocreation of knowledge and scholarly dialogues in distributed networks and questioned the hierarchical and colonial impulses of online education. Using the concept of “boundary...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 153–163.
Published: 01 December 2016
... preexisting yet unexamined “masculine models” of representation. The collective's goals include employing women-only or women-dominant production crews, while embracing traditional forms of Inuit narration and culture. Figure 1. Qulliq (Oil Lamp, Arnait Video Productions, Canada, 1993...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 179–186.
Published: 01 May 2017
... filmmaking—and, indeed, in Hollywood—through her professional and personal ideology, her relationship with Roger Corman, and her marginalized place in film history. In so doing, this article provides an interventional model for the reconceptualization of film histories and archives through a feminist...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 29–61.
Published: 01 September 2017
... challenges to industrial and generic hegemony. A series of case studies demonstrates that individual mainstream alt-porn films, despite their corporate production model, may not be antithetical to the subgenre's antiestablishment origins. Frequently adapting self-reflexive strategies from experimental...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 63–87.
Published: 01 September 2017
... through heroic deeds of masculine role fulfillment. Drawing on the modeling of masculine hysteria by both Mark S. Micale and Elaine Showalter, the article is also informed not only by Bessel van der Kolk's descriptions of post-traumatic stress disorder but also by theorizations of tears in the writings...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Jennifer Lynn Jones; Brenda R. Weber This article examines the fame-hungry reality celebrity mother as a template for a new form of the female grotesque emerging within the postmillennial mediascape. Using a model of transmediation, the article argues that understanding this figure requires...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 61–91.
Published: 01 September 2016
... with the sound of her voice—gives us a unique model for rethinking the pairings of film sound and image and documentary subject and object not as irrevocably divided but as operating alongside one another, albeit in an uneven and instable manner. Taking inspiration from feminist and queer theories...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Robert A. Rushing The Italian peplum film (sometimes called the sword-and-sandals film) enjoyed a brief but intense vogue from about 1957 to 1965. Over three hundred of these films were made following the same basic model: a bodybuilding celebrity (Steve Reeves, Reg Park) was cast as a heroic...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 37–65.
Published: 01 May 2009
... billion images in the past four years alone. The writings of media theorist Mark Hansen offer a provocative starting point to explore how a desire for racial neutrality can lead to the unintentional repression of important forms of cultural difference. Two models of ethics, grounded in the writings...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... they reject. After outlining the conceptual potential of the pretty, this article traces a thread among diverse theoretical models, defining the category through its absences and exclusions. Thus André Bazin advocates for the contingent and the unposed, while post-1968 Marxism valorizes the antiaesthetic...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., neither of the films manages to evade the racism that dominated cinematic portrayals of Africa in the previous century. Both films model their central characters on archetypes and imagine an Africa in which whiteness is normative and in which white masculinity connotes agency. Narrative and cinematography...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 65–89.
Published: 01 September 2011
.... Supernanny is a hybrid form of pedagogical television: Third Way TV — a commercialization of the public service model. In a time when public subsidies and the delivery of services like child care have all but disappeared, the institution of commercial television easily fills the gap. Supernanny readily...