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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 107–137.
Published: 01 September 2009
... intentionally or not, a series of misreadings that oblige us to ask again and again just what we were hoping to see. Camera Obscura 2009 Suzanne Gauch is an associate professor of English at Temple University, where she teaches courses in postcolonial and gender studies. She is the author of...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 135–175.
Published: 01 May 2009
... induces another kind of damage, or agnosia: the ability to evaluate facial beauty. “Liking What You See” reflects on the ways in which such a technology might either disrupt or reproduce gender and racial ideologies by altering people's ability to recognize and experience a particular form of visual...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 66–83.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Bridget R. Cooks The Liberation of Aunt Jemima by Betye Saar, 1971. Mixed media assemblage box. Courtesy of the artist. See Me Now Bridget R. Cooks Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972) uses the familiar spectacle of the...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2013
... visual possibilities of the graphic genre. Mapping Bechdel's coming-of-age story as a narrative about coming to see, this article traces the importance of vision in young Alison's gender identity, her relationship to her father, and her ability to posthumously “see” her father through family photographs...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 139–159.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., critics have been divided in their take on recent cinematic strate- gies for portraying gender difference, with some noting a positive, recuperative agenda, whether in terms of feminist specular resis- tance or of the return of the repressed with a vengeance, while others have continued to see...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
... of seeing.” But this mode of seeing is not innocent; it is, to adopt Heideggerian language, a “challenging” or “enframing” of seeing, such that the quotidian processes of imagination and conceptualization evident in the human senses are instrumentalized according to specific interests and outcomes. I...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 175–185.
Published: 01 September 2016
... various appeals to concealment and partial visibility raise critical questions about surveillance logics, technologies, and practices and their appeals to fantasies of total seeing and knowing. This essay is organized into three parts, and each part places Harvey's countersurveillance works in...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 29–67.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Linda Williams This essay's point of departure is the question of how images of death and torture are literally and metaphorically framed by the people who take them and how they are further received by the publics who see them. Beginning with a comparison of two digital headshots of an Arab enemy...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and nonsight in the context of war in Southeast Asia, illuminating the contradictions of representing Cambodian history and “seeing,” or apprehending, trauma and memory through cinema. I trace the connected, if not commensurate, powers that seek to make sense of their senselessness, their blindness...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 177–189.
Published: 01 September 2013
... lens, Leonard works from an implicitly queer and feminist perspective that puts pressure on both hegemonic modes of seeing and our ways of narrating them. Such concerns have similarly animated the work of art historian Huey Copeland, whose writing explores the ways in which forms of cultural difference...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (1 (70)): 109–133.
Published: 01 May 2009
... and database matching. These techniques of facial recognition evident in film and television programs relating to the recognition of the pathologized body, the terrorist body, and the racialized body bring together modes of seeing that transfer the work of profiling racialization onto seemingly...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 161–195.
Published: 01 May 2010
... success, I argue, should be understood as symptomatic of the contemporary fascination with seeing ourselves reflected back to us, a fascination fueled, in part, by technological innovations. The site capitalizes on the public's growing willingness and desire to become participants in the erotic...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
... constraints we discuss in our essays. Rather than seeing those complex negotiations as a drawback, we suggest that these very tensions have created this culturally rich form. It is this complexity that makes vidding an enticing object for academic analysis, but even more so an important aesthetic and...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 131–138.
Published: 01 September 2011
... communitarian constraints we discuss in our essays. Rather than seeing those complex negotiations as a drawback, we suggest that these very tensions have created this culturally rich form. It is this complexity that makes vidding an enticing object for academic analysis, but even more so an important aesthetic...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 139–146.
Published: 01 September 2011
... communitarian constraints we discuss in our essays. Rather than seeing those complex negotiations as a drawback, we suggest that these very tensions have created this culturally rich form. It is this complexity that makes vidding an enticing object for academic analysis, but even more so an important aesthetic...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
... and complicity, not rebellion or resistance. Both, however, use the danchi wife to frame their broader social critiques. This essay argues that far from being the end of politics, sex films see liberation in intimate formal relation to postwar political and economic realities. Finally, I argue that...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 93–133.
Published: 01 September 2012
... psychoanalysis literature. This new paradigm is driven by the emergence of a new wave of Israeli documentaries such as Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir , Tamar Yarom's To See If I'm Smiling , and Avi Mograbi's Z32 , one that for the first time includes female IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) veterans. Israeli cinema...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
... that contemporary directors activate cruel celebrity culture in three interrelated ways. I begin by discussing the spectator's role, a position from which the noncelebrity takes pleasure in witnessing the celebrity's destruction. The spectator's cruel desire to see more and more of the celebrity's...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... audience can see all of its component pieces rather than a finished, curated product. Finally, as Coffee is frequently performed at games conferences and fan conventions, it creates a layer of metacommentary wherein participants have a mediated space in which to explore particular issues brought on by the...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Mitch and Cam, has raised the hackles of audiences who see in it a whitewashing of queer life and queer desire. A strain of television criticism posits a conservatism inherent to the narrative structures of the sitcom, and this dynamic would in some measure account for the tension between the program’s...