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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. First, I...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 15 (3 (45)): 115–149.
Published: 01 December 2001
... of the Senses in Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom Elena del Río The eye is not the mind, but a material organ. —Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception The visible caresses the eye. One sees and hears...
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Published: 01 September 2021
Figure 4. An erotic act leading to asphyxiation and violence in In the Realm of the Senses ( Ai no korîda , dir. Nagisa Ōshima, Japan, 1976) Figure 4. An erotic act leading to asphyxiation and violence in In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no korîda, dir. Nagisa Ōshima, Japan, 1976) More
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 155–160.
Published: 01 September 2012
... and homosexual desire, I espouse a narrative about the dualities of representing Palestinian queerness. I argue that the very nature of Palestinian daily life is queer. That is, if we utilize the word in the now anachronistic adjectival sense whereby the word queer describes a sense of strange(ness) or even...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 101–127.
Published: 01 May 2015
... in defending the show's use of “guido.” This notion of care needs to be understood in a double sense: care as a regimen of behaviors, or an ethos, and care as a set of affections, or feeling. On Jersey Shore “taking care of oneself” does not just involve certain affect-techniques but is itself a technology...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 59–83.
Published: 01 September 2014
... the undressing and emotional unveiling of its subjects, the show involves viewers' bodies in a pleasurable sense of closeness to the bodies of others. By actively encouraging an orientation of care, or what is defined in this article as “compassionate anticipation,” Dr. 90210 justifies a pleasurably...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 161–183.
Published: 01 September 2009
... avatars' unremarkable abilities, limiting supplies, frantic combat styles, frustrating spatial progress, experiences of entrapment, and a pervading sense of helplessness, exemplified by the games' often deterministic linear structures. Overall, this article argues that the games encourage critical...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 29–67.
Published: 01 December 2011
... as structure. This article suggests that Moulin Rouge! is indeed global cinema in the sense that it weds two cinematic traditions—Bollywood and Hollywood—yet it is hardly a marriage of equals. The global cinematic aesthetic Luhrmann promotes relies on Bollywood elements primarily to revivify Hollywood...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
...” Michelle, and the limits of what it can convey to its audience. Maitra shows how the diffused, “middling” presence of Hima's camera locates Lopez in the middle of her contradictory emotions, and gives viewers a sense of her statelessness, of the unnerving position of being both contained and dispossessed...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and pleasures of the work of inhabitance. They may also overlook the investment in the reproduction of a more complex sense of “homeplace,” to use bell hooks's term, that migration, diaspora, and transnational experiences might also involve. So, where Naficy speaks of the suitcase as a potent symbol of “exilic...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 61–91.
Published: 01 September 2012
... with more motivation, vision for the future, and sense of personal and domestic power than her husband. This article explores the complexities of Jones's star image in 1955–56 through a series of production memos authored principally by her husband, producer David O. Selznick. To a certain extent, writer...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
... to decipher in detail. Finally, the way in which the art of benshi is an act of radical gender-bending is examined. By performing the voices of heroes and villains, Sawato expresses and embodies masculinity that gives her a tremendous sense of catharsis and empowerment. © 2011 by Camera Obscura 2011...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 101–135.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of the 1970s, both the filmmaker and the women on-screen perform essentialism in the sense that, through ritual actions performed for celluloid, they conjure forth new queer worlds and try to make them endure — and, in some cases, they did. © 2012 by Camera Obscura 2012 Greg Youmans is Scholar...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 137–147.
Published: 01 December 2012
... the effects on experimental media wrought by the proliferation of digital technologies, the deterioration of media formats, the migration of the moving image into the museum, the experimental community's greater sense of itself as international, and shifts in the kinds of institutions and informal structures...
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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 wish...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the assumed heteronormativity of the characters in the script as well as by not limiting who can be cast as each character: a straight white man, for instance, can find himself playing a queer woman of color. Coffee troubles the idea of the gaze in the sense of being a transparent production wherein...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 121–154.
Published: 01 December 2017
... and lesbian (and queer) film. Instead, and using She Monkeys as a case study, it proposes ways of grasping—in both a rational as well as tactile, kinesthetic, and muscular sense—the queer implications of cinema by drawing on phenomenological approaches to film as well as to gender and sexuality. Figure 1...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 187–193.
Published: 01 September 2016
... describes plastic's movement through the world and its durability. Accumulation asks for a reconsideration of political allies. Finally, nonfilial progeny offers a speculative intervention toward developing a feminist sense of responsibility for and relation to a future that is increasingly marked by loss...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 39–75.
Published: 01 May 2020
... reflection on how we modulate our sense of selfhood through interactions with others. This article examines Sobell’s video performances with chicken carcasses, instantiating the ambiguities of mother- infant relationships, in connection with her Brainwave Drawings , a series of installations based...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 55–87.
Published: 01 September 2015
... of a woman who performs a masculinity that persists even after she is presumably cured through plastic surgery and conventional garb, indicating that masculinity is not necessarily aligned with appearance or anatomy. Crucially, Anna's felt sense that her scars persist after their removal—evoking...