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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Ellen McLarney This article charts Beyoncé’s multimedia intervention into the politics of the Trump presidency as she draws on the work of black Muslim and Latinx artists to challenge white monopolies on representation in the Breitbart era. It specifically looks at the political interventions...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 81–109.
Published: 01 December 2008
... in relation to feminist politics, on one hand, and popular culture, on the other? When does self-representation overstep the boundary between sexual valorization and prurient commodification? How, in turn, should a female viewer respond to erotic visual material produced by a woman? In order to understand...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... powerfully on the limitations of cinematic and historical discourses to speak about the black femme as a political subject. Analysis of Selma exposes the key problems of reception and criticism facing contemporary African American film. The film speaks to the failure of de jure representational regimes...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Benjamin Balthaser In both art and politics, the deindustrialized city would seem to have taken on the qualities of the “unrepresentable,” a traumatic experience that can only be recorded by its attendant silence, or of depoliticized representation in genres such as “ruin porn.” Despite or perhaps...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... diversity, these co-constructing representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality maintain whiteness as sexual modernity’s affective core. Modern Family thus expresses the ideological contours of mainstream diversity politics. However, its narrative efforts to synthesize its contradictions reflect...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 43–75.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of others (both physical and emotional) and confronting disempowerment. The representation of this pain is integral to how Longinotto's camera perceives individual agency, gender, and political struggle. These are different facets of what this essay poses as Longinotto's “cinema of translation.” Camera...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 137–147.
Published: 01 December 2012
... that support experimental art practices. However, one surprising continuity emerged in discussion at the 2010 congress: namely, the still fraught question of what constitutes adequate representation of minority voices. Despite the widespread tendency to assume that identity politics and representation...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
... that, in drawing on an intertextual network of allusions and on the spectacle of sex, Lee's recent films move beyond representation to the production and value of race in order to imagine new political and aesthetic strategies adequate to a new regime of black visuality. Anthony Reed is assistant professor...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Ora Gelley The French director Catherine Breillat has in recent years become a kind of figurehead for what has been perceived by many as a new trend in contemporary European cinema toward extreme representations of violence and graphic sexuality. As a consequence of the controversy provoked...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 27–63.
Published: 01 May 2016
... challenges both the representability and study of these emergent types that seem legible only through their apparent lack. In its call to disassociate coupled and sexualized desire from the practice of engaging films' gender and sexual politics, this article analyzes examples in independent cinema that seek...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 149–153.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of the world, an ethical demand, a form of political legitimation, and a poetics. In this “In Practice” collection, opacity is offered as an alternative to the familiar terrain of identity, visibility, and representation in feminist and queer politics and writing. Contributors utilize opacity as both a tactic...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 167–177.
Published: 01 May 2017
... of documentary address, representational regimes, and cinematic and verbal language are important areas of political interrogation. Each film is a complex construction in which the “real” is only one element in an affective and reflexive architecture of performance, fiction, poetry, and the intuitive...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 73–109.
Published: 01 December 2009
... is a figure for recasting the problematic of racial alterity as a materialist concern. Relying on Walter Benjamin's formulations on allegory as a privileged mode of representation under conditions of modernity, the author argues that alterity straddles the boundary between the corporeal and the ideational...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 101–141.
Published: 01 December 2011
... readings of Vertigo reflect pivotal debates in film theory, particularly psychoanalytic readings of gender politics that question the status of the “real,” leading to the crisis of representation and of our understanding of subjectivity. Rather than evaluate which particular interpretation is better...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 125–157.
Published: 01 September 2020
... politics, even as the filmmakers express them through widely different means. The article focuses primarily on three films that span the final decade in which Rebellion filmmakers were active at UCLA: Barbara McCullough’s Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979), Alile Sharon Larkin’s...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 171–179.
Published: 01 September 2020
... are cast off as broken technologies that need to be replaced and discarded. Using a techno-feminist approach, this article argues that rather than seek justice through inclusion or improvements in representation, there is a feminist politics up for grabs in this patriarchal formulation of feminists...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 116–131.
Published: 01 December 2020
... media. They consider changing norms, politics, and film practices in relation to technology and the body. They debate how we might know, and what we might need, from feminist-queer pornography given feminist-queer engagements with our bodies and ever more common cyborgian existences. Their informal chat...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 29–61.
Published: 01 September 2017
... filmmaking to evoke “critical arousal,” these alt-porn films revise, to varying extents, the representational politics of conventional adult video. Jennifer Moorman is visiting assistant professor of women's and gender studies at Loyola Marymount University. She received her doctorate in cinema...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... the global array of film cultures and practices. Yet what this grouping does demonstrate is how certain kinds of films are often viewed as automatically bad (politically, aesthetically, representationally) and that this recurring tendency to dismiss the pretty tells us something about where and how...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 155–160.
Published: 01 September 2012
... in one's birth land, without an inherent or stable representation of community identity, encourages one to cling vicariously to “the imagined.” Similarly, the possibility of a secure and collective Palestinian citizenship currently exists only in a fictive guise, as the narrative of perpetual conflict...