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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Dijana Jelača Adoption is often used as a tool, both literally and figuratively, for a fantasy of rescue — and therefore it is a suitable device for normativizing parenting, particularly mothering, as a measure of moral nobility. In this article, the contested nature of prominent cultural...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the program’s pedagogy of middlebrow cultural citizenship. Modern Family thus expresses the privatization of diversity, or how turns to private personhood become an affective form of management that translates moralisms about diversity into symbolic capital. This process maintains the distinction...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2018
... investigates how Turkish sex films identify and discuss the social oppositions upon which desire is manufactured. It also engages these films’ repercussions, whether in terms of cinematic and social influence or how they affected moral codes regarding female sexuality. Moving from Alan Soble’s Marxist analysis...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 1–37.
Published: 01 December 2012
... terms. Two pieces of fan video art, “Unnatural Selection” and “Battlestar Redactica,” clarify Battlestar 's complicity in eugenic violence and history, while offering alternative solutions to the moral and narrative impasses of the series. By refusing the genetic stasis Battlestar proposes, these fan...
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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 (2003) 18 (1 (52)): 157–187.
Published: 01 May 2003
..., and the loyal servant have suffered and prevailed in moral if not always in material terms. As the notion of what constitutes a morally acceptable pro- tagonist has expanded over the years to include cynical, hard- boiled detectives and brutal, alienated loners, the notion of what constitutes...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 101–127.
Published: 01 May 2015
... made Jersey Shore synonymous with the intellectual poverty of reality TV and the supposed moral vacuity of young people today. Even before its premiere in December 2009, the series drew controversy for its use of the terms guido and guidette in promotional materials to describe the largely...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 35–57.
Published: 01 September 2014
... on filial piety, nationalism, and revolution in premodern and modern Chinese literature. As Lee argues, both the emotion and subjectivity of love have been linked to moral codes since Confucius’s time. While the moral codes of love were given more emphasis in premodern China, rev- olutionary codes...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 43–75.
Published: 01 May 2004
..., journalists, and social theorists sought to make sense of this horrific event. By the time the two ten-year-olds were convicted of the crime in late November of 1993, furor over the toddler’s murder had risen to the status of “moral panic.”1 Surprisingly, this moral panic was not centered...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 30–67.
Published: 01 May 1988
... “at the bottom” of both feminine and moral masochism, and so to provide a common base or support. The tripartite division thus gives way rather quickly to one of those dualisms of which Freud is so fond, with both feminine and moral masochism “bleeding” into each other at the point...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 109–153.
Published: 01 September 2002
... of the visual, moral, and political landscape I trace in the spectacle of disaster. Personal accounts of the aftermath of the attacks often revisited the disaster film genre. “I thought it was an ad for a new blockbuster movie,” “I thought I was in a disaster film,” “This was just like Independence Day...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 129–157.
Published: 01 May 1995
... of the Meiji period in which playwrights began to use contemporary settings and "added the new dramatic subject of social and political struggle.t"" The "moral occult" of most japanese melodrama, "the domain of operative spir- itual values which is both indicated within...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
...). Yet, he also sets the stage for the seduction of the audience via the body of the “desirable,” hybrid black female in a contemporary version of morality where white males exude ethical agency as feminized blacks personify pathological sensuality, loyalty, and deception, bor- dering...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
... archetypes, which include the Helper and the morally earnest, True-Blue White Woman. Following the publica- tion of Henry Rider Haggard’s 1887 novel She, British and US film- makers began to imagine Africa through white femininity. Cam- eron describes the dominant archetype as the White Queen...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 93–133.
Published: 01 September 2012
... should be understood, and whether this cinematic trend paves the way for Israelis to assume moral responsibility for their deeds. Finally, describing the characteristics of perpetrator trauma will lead to a preliminary de nition of what I term the perpetrator complex4 and to a preliminary re...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
... that the quest for human fulfillment and self-­knowledge is a moral imperative that structures film nar- rative. Cavell argues that this imperative is evident in an implicit line of questioning through which characters reflect on “how they shall live their lives and what kind of persons they aspire...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 99–117.
Published: 01 December 2003
... distinct forms of maso- chism in Freud’s essay, “The Economic Problem of Masochism.” first published in 1924.9 Freud distinguished erotic masochism from two other more extenuated and less erotic forms, one that he called “feminine masochism” and the other “moral masochism.” Feminine masochism...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
...- sive vision it may advance. This dynamic is evident in the fact that, while the program’s title proclaims its modernity, several of its story lines, and thus its ethos, are linked to the honeyed moralism of sitcoms past, particularly that of The Brady Bunch (ABC, 1969 – 74). Like the Bradys...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 15–41.
Published: 01 May 1997
... death” are also the sites of vicious, often violent, battles waged in the name of morality (over abortion, over homosexuality, over drugs). Even less punitive debates, such as those concerning the monitoring of Internet chat rooms or the installation of V chips in televisions...
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Camera Obscura (1999) 14 (3 (42)): 4–29.
Published: 01 September 1999
... link between the Presidency and the narratives, stars, and iconography of Hollywood film. The action film, with its polarized moral universe and individualist "hard bodied" male hero, was the genre that most appropriately dramatized the bellicose nationalism of the Reagan regime. If a chain...