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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 155–168.
Published: 01 May 1988
...Ian Balfour The Playhouse of the Signifier: Reading Pee-wee Herman Ian Balfour I. The Mail-Lady I want to begin with a phrase from Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the epithet for the character named Reba, who is called the “mail-lady,” because her job is to deliver the mail. At first...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 133–154.
Published: 01 May 1988
...Constance Penley The Cabinet of Dr. Pee-wee: Consumerism and Sexual Terror Constance Penley Every evening at lighting up o’clock sharp and until further notice in Feenichts Playhouse. . . . By arraignment, childream’s hours, expercatered . . . .With nightly...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 125–143.
Published: 01 September 1991
... sissies,” adding elsewhere that Pee-wee tends to “undercut masculinity . . . by feminizing “The Mail-Lady,” the first section of Ian Balfour’s “The Playhouse of the Signifier: Reading Pee-wee Herman” toys with, but never directly engages, the idea that Pee-wee’s gay sexuality (and the...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 167–168.
Published: 01 May 2013
... University Press 167 168  •  Camera Obscura ers. He was a particular inspiration for us at Camera Obscura, serving as an advisory editor, making a major contribution to the dossier on Pee-­Wee’s Playhouse  in the “Male Trouble” special issue and sub- sequent book, and coediting our special...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 169–193.
Published: 01 May 1988
... Kindergartners made sense of and found pleasure in a specific Saturday morning show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse. The nature of the meanings pro- duced, and even to some degree, the strategies for meaning production are particular to the reception context, the broadcast material, and...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 203–225.
Published: 01 January 1988
... number of different genres, episodes dealing directly with domestic drama were often plentiful. For example, although Screen Gems' syndicated Celebrity Playhouse is best known for transferring the 220 elements of Hollywood's contemporary "adult western" to video, the series also featured...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 157–159.
Published: 01 September 1988
... Feminist Desire and Female Pleasure. On Janice Radway's Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Culture. No.16; pp. 179-190. Balfour, Ian The Playhouse of the Signifier. No.17; pp. 155-167. Barrie, Ray Fellowdrama (with introduction by Mark Cousins). No.17; pp. 85-87. Bergstrom...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 46–63.
Published: 01 September 1990
...- traordinary figure, and the whole phenomenon of ‘primitive cinema’ and tableaux structure is something that’s very interesting to me. It’s a tremendously rich tradition, surely more interesting than things that have been done recently. Except for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, which is...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 127–155.
Published: 01 December 2019
... style. Little reported, of an adaptation of Marcel Pagnol s Topaze, that this is still a delight- ful play, and since it is more of a character than a plot drama, the parts which seem a bit dated now could be easily revised. It should be a good bet for PLAYHOUSE 90 or CLIMAX. 43 In this brief pas- sage...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (3 (30)): 92–111.
Published: 01 May 1992
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2006
... reviews of other recent TV scholarship.15 Next was an issue with the title “Male Trouble” that included a dossier on the configurations of gender, generation, and sexuality in the television program Pee-Wee’s Playhouse;16 this was soon fol- lowed by an issue titled “Popular Culture and Reception...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 165–195.
Published: 01 September 2005
... decisively, in adulthood—springs directly from the reparative performances to which this particular star has been cast in the playhouse of my own imaginary. To wit: a cherished ritual from childhood. In the days when I was growing up, the days before VCRs and cable television, my Andrews fandom was...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (2 (23)): 8–41.
Published: 01 May 1990
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 52–84.
Published: 01 May 1995
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 29–59.
Published: 01 May 1996
... extent that one might argue that the English Xuxa show does not stand out visually in the context of US television, competing with commercials and with other bright and loud children's programs (or the memory of them, such as Pee-wee's Playhouse), it does certainly supply lively action and music...