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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., they are nonetheless geopolitically and historically specific, consistently focusing on the awkwardness of white, heterosexual, middle-class, professional German women and what Lauren Berlant refers to as the “cruel optimism” that renders their seemingly privileged existence precarious. Ade distinguishes herself...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 167–173.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., a ‘requirement.’ And in the first place, I must have a body because an obscure object lives in me.”3 The Garden and the Pond 1. Is undetectability a cause for optimism? 2. The word optimisme was first used in the February 1737 edition of the Journal de Trévoux, an organ of Jesuit scholarship...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 69–101.
Published: 01 May 2013
...) that came before and arrived after, these scenes condense nostalgic feelings about the past and sanguine promises about the future in their evocation of love’s optimism. Such opti- mism as that which infuses the aesthetic and narrative conventions of the love plot suspends this scene for a moment’s...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 149–153.
Published: 01 September 2016
... speculates that this form of opacity might be grounds for a pragmatic optimism. Glissant writes of opacity as a poetic force that cannot be reduced to universalisms or transparencies. Through analyses of artworks and discursive methods, the texts in this collection dem- onstrate...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 77–105.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., is not the mandatory optimism of the postrevolutionary Soviet Union, the alternative to the crime of ideological pessimism. This is actual optimism, acknowledging that, even if we do not know where Jutka will go from here, for her there is a place to go. Two names emerge as explicit reference points...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 41–69.
Published: 01 May 2015
... biopower as a “power to foster life . . . capable of optimizing forces, aptitudes, and life in general,” a form of power that issues the imperative to make live, to make live better, to make alive.20 Implicit in Ouellette and Hay’s text is the argument that reality TV instantiates a movement...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 133–139.
Published: 01 December 2016
... fostered by increased access to online video teleconferencing, emergent metadata schemes (including hashtags), user-­friendly interfaces for remix rhetorics, sharing platforms for vernacular curation, and open databases of information. Yet the desire to optimize algorithmic culture, accel- erating...
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Camera Obscura (1999) 14 (3 (42)): 70–95.
Published: 01 September 1999
..., and the film is marked by this trend. 77 At the same time, the film marks a moment of technological optimism and puissance in the US which provided a notion of progress that was inseparable from the normative injunctions to form nuclear families. The film is thus situated at a crucial confluence...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (2 (29)): 224–232.
Published: 01 May 1992
... and optimism. The breast cancer video on chemotherapy closes with the narrator (a woman physician) saying: You are at an important crossroads in your life and it’s hard to tell where each path will lead. But also realize that there are many women who stood where you stand now. It’s a path...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 185–192.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of the body onscreen from the body offscreen,” then Queers redeploys panic in a similar way.6 In short, the panic and anxiety of the player is contrasted with the calm certainty of their character. However, it is important to recognize Queers’ hopefulness and optimism in the face of destruction...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 99–131.
Published: 01 December 2016
... by the magic combination of compulsion and neglect,” Dyer-­Witheford fixes the line of success and failure along an axis of technical sophistication and can thus rescue more than a kernel of optimism for “a postcapitalist mode of production emerging in a context of massive mid-­twenty-­first century...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 125–138.
Published: 01 September 1990
..., there is little recourse but to enter the current work. Site Recite (the videotape) can be seen as a single reading/writing from an “interactive” videodisc entitled Which tree.16 I mark this word interactive with its tendency to attract an optimism of infinite possibilities, contrary to the fact...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 6–23.
Published: 01 May 1995
... is the order of the day, with only sports scholarships and drug-dealing offering ways out of the economic malaise. Both movies deal with female protagonists in a very problematic way. However, unlike the "redemptive" Boyz N the Hood, Menace II Society holds out little optimism for the future of African...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 149–157.
Published: 01 December 2012
... through the interplay between Ruby and the people in her life. Derek (Omari Hardwick), Ruby’s husband, tries to maintain optimism that their marriage will survive his incarceration, but is disillusioned as he becomes implicated in rivalries and con icts on the inside. Gina (Maya Gilbert), Ruby’s...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 149–183.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., loses its alabaster logo of a man with a world in his hands and becomes instead the domain of two perambulating women of color, a “portal through which pres- ent (im)possibilities might appear.”41 This take on Illusions teems with utopian optimism, an affect Annamarie Jagose notes as familiar...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... provides key insights into the history of Los Angeles avant-­garde cinema. Fusing music, dance, and film into a genre-­defying display of live pop performance, The T.A.M.I. Show harnessed the utopian optimism of 1960s youth culture to break down racial and cultural barriers and, in a curious...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 161–187.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the conditions of its own existence. In a gesture that is — to various degrees — at the heart of the NFE, this dialectical, destabilizing quality of the encounter with the Other is obliterated. Edelman calls this generalized condition of ossification of fantasy “opti- mism.”30 In Romance, this optimism...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 60–87.
Published: 01 December 2020
... and pleasure. Following Lauren Berlant in Cruel Optimism, I see the joy and pleasure of this register as being directly linked to the pleasure that is bound- up in the activity of world- making. 45 Here it is not only the performance of labor related to Robertson s home and garden, of her experience...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 105–117.
Published: 01 December 2021
... or forgotten in a queer political push toward optimism (162). While the focus on shame, sadness, and damage brings an important component of affective encounter to a multilayered queer archive, Hammer clearly takes a different approach, challenging us to feel backward through more affirmative affects...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (1 (64)): 197–208.
Published: 01 May 2007
... cauldron of the New York City art world of the 1970s. With fiction as well as nonfiction, archival footage, and images in many forms made by women over the past twenty-five years, I hope to evoke theHeresies collective’s sense of optimism, anger, purpose, deep commitment, and passion, as well...