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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... BeautifulAgony.com , a site exclusively focusing on the face of orgasm. Using Tom Gunning's research on the gnostic impulse of cinema, or the drive to reveal “new visual knowledge” through technology, I interrogate hard-core representation in the context of visual media and knowledge production. Beautiful Agony's...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 137–147.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Tess Takahashi This article examines the legacy of issues of representation in the International Experimental Media Congress held in Toronto in April of 2010, twenty years after the contentious 1989 International Experimental Film Congress. On the surface, the two events embraced the same stated...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 243–274.
Published: 01 May 1997
...Tabitha Goode Copyright © 1996 by Indiana University Press 1997 Camosaur 2 (Louis Morneau, 1995) Roswell-The Footage: Alien Autopsy (1995). Abstract Representational Space: Uncanny Aliens and Others (Pandora, or Prometheus’s Return) Tabitha Goode...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 112–147.
Published: 01 September 1985
...Abigail Solomon-Godeau Copyright © 1985 by Camera Obscura 1985 Reconstructing Documentary: Connie Hatch’s Representational Resistance AbzguiZ Solomon- Godeuzl Above my desk, affixed to my bulletin board is a poster from an exhibition entitled Photo Politic which took place five...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (1 (37)): 31–68.
Published: 01 January 1996
...Scott D. Paulin Sex and the Singled Girl: Queer Representation and Containment in Single White Female Scott D. Paulin The title of Barbet Schroeder's 1992 film Single White Female im- mediately suggests three terms that would presumably be useful in...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 129–145.
Published: 01 December 2018
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Courtney R. Baker Recent African American film scholarship has called for an attention to the structures of black representation on screen. This work echoes the calls made in the 1990s by black feminist film and cultural scholars to resist the allure of reading for racial realism and to develop...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 81–109.
Published: 01 December 2008
... practice 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...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
.... Taking those close-ups alongside Girl 6 's interpolation of 1970s blaxploitation film and television, this article argues that the film is as concerned with the elision of public and private spaces for racially marked figures as it is with the reduction of positive black representation to commodified...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 129–153.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Kristen J. Warner This article explores the interstitial spaces between positive and negative representations of black womanhood on reality television. It argues that regardless of the presence of supposedly positive images in media, if audiences choose to see black women as “loud,” the symbolic...
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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 (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 by...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... ensemble, Modern Family relationally racializes Asian American, Latinx, and Black recurring and side characters through performances of cultural capital. Their differences deviate from the sexual modernity represented by the program’s core white families. Despite the token representations of racial...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
... representation of women’s suffrage to be inherently feminist. Some go so far as to use Mary Poppins as a vehicle through which to reflect on feminist and women’s history. This essay challenges the assumption that the film seeks to offer a positive commemoration of suffrage history, suggesting instead that Mrs...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Ade as an auteur and coalesce into a new paradigm for representing female figures who might otherwise lose representability in both mainstream cinema (dominated by market forces) and alternative cinema. For one, she intervenes in a monolithic representational landscape of first-world, white, middle...
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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 (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 37–65.
Published: 01 May 2009
... race discourse and the visual representation (or elision) of the face. As the most reproduced visual sign on the Internet, the face continues to operate as a threshold to public space. Facebook, the largest social networking site with more than 80 million registered members, has uploaded more than 4...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 43–75.
Published: 01 September 2009
... pain 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...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 107–137.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Middle East. This article examines how Benlyazid's first feature at once engages and resists the burdens of representation that accrue to it as it circulates transnationally. Alternately proposing and withholding insights into Muslim women's lives, Benlyazid's film strives to adapt mainstream narrative...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 139–159.
Published: 01 September 2009
... implications of gender in the psychological constitution of the subject. As a further extension into the cinematic representation of women, the female usurpation of the gaze will also be dissected in terms of its adverse consequences in these films. The essay therefore argues that the current Asian horror film...