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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Aviva Briefel This essay contends that Jennifer Kent's The Babadook (2014) expands the subgenre of maternal horror by exploring reassurance as a fraught motherly act, one that is imbricated with the trauma of having to believe in the child's monsters. The film dissects the rituals that have...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 332–335.
Published: 01 December 1989
... liberal equality before the law. The only problem was that in this case that law had already been named that of the father: hence the question from an excluded daughter. At that time I was sufficiently reassured by Metz’s answer not to try to conceive of an...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 86–100.
Published: 01 September 1983
... reassuring discourse on sexuality. But buried at the center of the program is Paula's story which is riddled with disturbing elements which subvert a simple acceptance of her cure. Her saga and the two sequences that follow it merit a detailed and sequential investigation. Paula's abnormality is...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 160–165.
Published: 01 December 1989
... for the fact that my texts were considered difficult may be that I was naive enough to believe in Duras’s idea of ccintelligence,” that is, a belief in everyone’s sensitivity and openness with respect to what is at stake. On the other hand this reaction was reassuring, for...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 199–204.
Published: 01 December 1989
... presented not only as an erotic object, but also as a sexual subject pursuing her own desire. I had been strongly affected by Bardot as a teenager and was reassured when de Beauvoir explained why. In fact, one of my essays (1978) describes my own experience of having been deeply...
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Camera Obscura (1979) 1-2 (3-1 (3-4)): 211–215.
Published: 01 May 1979
... arms after her long speech. But this moment is short; is not dwelled upon. The spectator is not allowed to reassure her/himself by a sustained image of a fulfilled and fulfilling instance of human contact. It is this non-compliance with the desire of the spectator...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 128–153.
Published: 01 January 1988
..., reassuring fantasies, and immediate sensation in its effort to portray behavior shock• ing to its time. TV parallels melodrama in its form as well as content as it centers on familial space, a situation fostered by the size of the screen and its location in the home. Together with...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 274–295.
Published: 01 September 1991
... a more reassuring fantasy. In this last sequence, we watch Sailor and Lula on the car hood as he serenades her, but we watch from the point of view of their six-year- old son, Pace, through the windshield, or windscreen. One of the things this scene does is reinstantiate the “screen,” the...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 63–93.
Published: 01 September 2020
... corrective that may fall back into a comforting liberal, masculinist alignment with individualism given the gendered fashion in which autonomy is routinely coded.6 It is not incidental to this corrective that Drennan, the proponent of a reassuring narrative about freedom, is eventually revealed to be Elohim...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (1 (61)): 105–145.
Published: 01 May 2006
... (three notes to every beat) on violin. This arpeggiation hits reassuring and resolute chords, covering the full range of the scale, with the trip- lets working at three times the tempo. In other words, the music comes alive with celebratory movement only after the movement of the image cuts to...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 179–190.
Published: 01 January 1988
..., then, is the therapeutic effect of Reading the Romance: it reassures where certainties threaten to dissolve, it comforts where divisions among women, so distressing and irritating to feminism, seem almost despairingly insur• mountable- by holding the promise that, with hard...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 66–83.
Published: 01 September 1995
... aspects of the mammy figure is her submissiveness and docility. Mammy was a slave who posed no threat to the White family or to the power structure of slavery. Saar, however, depicts Aunt Jemima, conventionally valued for her reassuring gentle- ness, as an armed warrior. Along with the mop in her...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 132–145.
Published: 01 May 1994
... through- out the cablecast. That is to say an up-front, proto-feminist declaration of the evils of domestic violence was coupled with a reassuring stance towards Lifetime itself and the service’s ability to protect your upscale family. Thus Lifetime promoted the documentary during the closing...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 148–157.
Published: 01 September 1985
... for the girl. So conventionally, I suppose, the fetishist postpones that moment of recognition, although certainly he’s made the passage-he knows the difference but denies it. This is what we usually associate with the whole iconography of porno- graphic images where the man is reassured by...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 35–61.
Published: 01 December 2011
...” philosophies of the time, which, ironically, had very little to do with interrogating power relations and dismantling oppressive social structures, and much more to do with reassuring men’s anxieties 38  •  Camera Obscura regarding power loss. Thus Alda’s feminist politics might better be seen...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 189–215.
Published: 01 May 2002
... meddling that has ruined their sex lives. We learn quickly that it is Donald’s anatomy that has failed the cou- ple, as Melissa reassures him, “Donald, no. She did not marry your penis. [Pause] Okay, she didn’t only marry your penis.” Despite the explicitness of Dr. Reeves’s conversation...
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Camera Obscura (1986) 5 (3 (15)): 66–85.
Published: 01 December 1986
... this alien who possesses nothing that resembles human genitals (its sex organs are in its hands But if recent science fiction film provides the heightened sense of difference necessary to the classical narrative, it also offers the reassur- ance of difference itsev...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (1 (19)): 4–23.
Published: 01 January 1989
..., from male homosexuality; hence it depends, in its historical construc- tion, upon homophobia. The thrust of the dancers’s dressing room scene is to reinsert the reassuring woman, to rehearse homophobia and hold off homosexual panic. As Sedgwick argues: “To draw the...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (1 (19)): 86–107.
Published: 01 January 1989
...-postmodern depiction disas- sociates advertising from simulation, and thus reassures thirtysorne- thing’s viewers of advertising’s relation to the Given the ways in which thirtysomething is quintessentially melo- dramatic, Zwick may seem to be protesting too much. But there...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 161–179.
Published: 01 May 1997
... and traditional forms and formulae, the nature of unpredictably changing political situations, and the scope of indeterminate technological innovations. The recent past, one that seems much simpler and slower and still (almost) graspable, becomes a reassuring...