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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 31–61.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Josie Torres Barth This article makes a case for formal analysis of historical TV through close readings that demonstrate the ways in which postwar television unsettled the domestic sphere. While scholars of historical television have dismissed formal criticism for its ignorance of contexts...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (3 (108)): 33–59.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Giancarlo Cornejo Abstract This article offers a reading of the Peruvian film Loxoro (dir. Claudia Llosa, Peru/Spain/Argentina/US, 2011), which stars the transgender activist Belissa Andía. “Loxoro” is the name of a language used by travesti communities to survive in Lima, Peru. The main plot...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 179–190.
Published: 01 January 1988
...Ien Ang ." Z Feminist Desire and Female Pleasure: On Janice Radway's Reading the Romance: Women~ Patriarchy and Popular Literature (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1984) len Ang Janice Radway's Reading the Romance does...
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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 (1990) 8 (3 (24)): 11–45.
Published: 01 September 1990
...D.N. Rodowick Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1990 Reading the Figural D .N.Rodowick A day will come when, by means of similitude relayed indefinitely along the length of a series, the image...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 157–191.
Published: 01 May 2012
... (dir. Sergio Giral, Cuba, Creolizing Carmen: Reading Performance in María Antonia, Cuba’s Overlooked Carmen Adaptation Nadia Sophia Sanko The story of Carmen, the (in)famous Gypsy from Spain, has been adapted for the screen approximately eighty times.1 Despite the global...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 132–160.
Published: 01 May 1996
...Mary T. Conway Inhabiting the Phallus: Reading Safe Is Desire Mary T. Conway Allie: I'm a city girl. Dionne: You don't camp? Allie: Unhuh Dionne: Oh No Allie: Why, do you...
Published: 01 December 2022
Figure 4. Maxine introduces Shirin to some new reading material in Appropriate Behavior More
Published: 01 December 2022
Figure 2. Three photographs of ‘Ismat, mid-/late nineteenth- century, Golestan Collection, Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies. Inscription in the left photograph reads, “Deceased ‘Ismat al-Dawlah, elder daughter of Nasir al-Din Shah, wife of deceased Dust Muhammad Khan Mu‘ayyir More
Published: 01 May 2021
Figure 5. Instagram photo of Varda pretending to sleep with her honorary Oscar speech under her pillow. The caption partially reads, “Under my pillow to remind my speech. See you tomorrow!” (Agnès Varda, 2017) More
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 101–141.
Published: 01 December 2011
... impossible to read it without referencing the cinematic lexicon of scopophilia, fetishism, voyeurism, the sadistic male gaze, objectification of the female body, mental images, relational images, thought cinema, the imaginary Real, the symbolic Real, and the “Real Real.” This essay traces how critical...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 29–55.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Anne M. Royston Reading Avital Ronell’s unconventionally designed The Telephone Book implies reading material form as well as semantic content. Such a reading emphasizes the book’s typographical illegibilities, which become the figure for the space between person and thing. These illegibilities...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
... that these films are both recognizable to and somewhat outside world cinema categories, I suggest ways of reading the spectral affects of the films that account for the complex, conflicting forms of spirituality, eroticism, and transgression that make them so popular with their audiences. This type of a reading...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 37–67.
Published: 01 May 2013
... that contribute to a nuanced meditation on women's experience of conjugal and family life. While much of the literature on melodrama draws on psychoanalysis and theories of spatiality, this article develops three distinct yet interrelated temporal and affective readings: Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogism and Virginia...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 149–183.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Nick Davis This article yields three new and interlocking readings of Julie Dash's Illusions (US, 1982), a classic of black feminist cinema frequently analyzed from the intersectional standpoint of gendered and racial representation. First, I explore Dash's potent use of close-ups at key points...
Published: 01 December 2022
Figure 3. Two photographs of groups of women, mid-/late nineteenth century, Golestan Collection, Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies. ‘Ismat poses at the center of both photographs. Inscription in the left photograph a reads, “Taj al-Dawlah wife of Nasir al-Din Shah, ‘Ismat al More
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Jackie Stacey Sally Potter’s film Yes (UK/US, 2004) stages the political possibilities of cosmopolitanism through the aesthetics of a heterosexual love story whose failures reveal the limit points of such a vision. Read psychoanalytically, cosmopolitan aspirations share with love an idealizing...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 59–89.
Published: 01 September 2022
... described a cohort of films beginning around 2009 in which familial dysfunction, violence, ineffectual communication, and corporeal “weirdness” allegorize Greek political, economic, and social crises. In a kind of temporal jumble, Tsangari's first film Fit (Greece, 1994) provides instructions for reading...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 33–61.
Published: 01 May 2017
... the techniques and tropes of Hollywood melodrama, Anglo-American feminist film criticism provides useful critical frameworks for reading the series, even as such readings necessitate a broadening of the terms of aesthetic and political debates around melodrama and African media, as well as complicate Anglo...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 63–91.
Published: 01 May 2017
... be read in the current context of biopolitics. The author contends that many critical analyses of Abramović's performance, which focus on details of the performer's personal history, have not adequately addressed such political questions regarding her work. Drawing on the documentary film Marina Abramović...