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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... Modern Family ’s adaptations of sitcom narrativity allow it to advance its progressive ambitions, while the program also plays with the humor of gay stereotypes ultimately to demolish binary assumptions of queer political identity. To read a sitcom through a political lens of conservatism versus...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... In contradistinction to popular readings that view Yunioshi as a regrettable mark on an otherwise untainted film, the essay shows how the character of Yunioshi served not merely as a comedic stereotype but as a technology of race, sexuality, and gender that helped mediate the problems the producers encountered...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... on a more recent slate of girl-oriented consumer electronics: mediamaking gear for girls. Like the “pink software” of the girl games era, much of this “pink technology” relies on design strategies grounded in stereotypes of girls, girlhood, and girls' culture in order to attract female youth to historically...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 89–123.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., and addictive gameplay. As the latest installment in an award-winning franchise, BioShock Infinite entices players on reputation alone. Although the game's marketing presents it as a clichéd FPS game with a stereotypical white male hero and nonstop action, BioShock Infinite regularly interrogates its own models...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (2 (98)): 69–103.
Published: 01 September 2018
... stereotypes and media. The upheaval of the Banks household, in turn, reflects the chaos anti-suffragists believed would result from upturning social hierarchies based on gender, class, and race. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) and Bert (Dick Van Dyke) repeatedly destabilize masculinity and femininity, yet...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of appealing to German mainstream audiences eager to see their own cultural stereotypes reaffirmed on screen. Rooted in colonialist and Orientalist fantasies, the captivity narrative provided an effective conduit. But what is it still doing in Unorthodox ? Close readings of several scenes from the series...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 192–211.
Published: 01 May 1994
... years, the trend in televisual representations of gays and lesbians has been to focus on and emphasize the “normality” and “ordinariness” of the queer subject in order to challenge both tradi- tionally stereotypical representations as well as to counter the common televisual practice...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (1 (37)): 187–237.
Published: 01 January 1996
... been the bane of American society from its origins. The initial Hollywood result was the cloning of greaser stereotype upon stereotype: incompetent bandidos, goodhearted simpletons, easy mujeres, perfidious criminals and so on, ad infinitum and ad nauseam.P It merits repeating here...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (2 (44)): 151–175.
Published: 01 September 2000
... Press 151 05-Mennel&Onigiri 150-175=26pgs 1/25/01 1:47 PM Page 152 152 • Camera Obscura Bagdad Cafe’s reliance on ethnic stereotypes as they cite formulaic racist visual images from an American film tradition, we argue...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (2 (35)): 158–184.
Published: 01 May 1995
... focused on the inadequacy of China Beach's stereotypical female characters to repre- sent the real women who served during the war.10 Cherie Rankin, Vietnam veteran and one of the series' own technical consultants, organized a petition against the show in May of 1988...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (1 (58)): 185–207.
Published: 01 May 2005
... in Pacific documentaries have tended to reinforce cultural stereotypes, often because of their ethnographic or developmen- tal focus. There have been few opportunities, documentary or otherwise, for Pacific peoples themselves to effectively challenge these stereotypical representations...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 32–48.
Published: 01 September 1995
... Jordan’s repudiations. Their formulaic scripts rely upon the familiar and stereotypical mix of sex, race, taboos, and violence to undermine their liberal politic With subtle rather than overt reinforce- ment of racialized sexualities and racial-sexual d~minance,~Jordan...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 6–11.
Published: 01 September 1995
... are ultimately undermined by his reliance on stereotypical representations of sex, race, and violence. Rather than challenging or disrupting racist and sexist mores, James argues, Jordan’s films repeat them. In her view Jordan’s films approach but finally fail to deliver on the promise...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2005
... to the pioneering Chinese American film and stage actress, who was active in America and Europe through the 1940s. Thus it appears to be an apt moment to recover Wong’s legacy from the stereotypes of Madame Butterfly and Dragon Lady. The recent academic and popular revival of Wong has taken a variety...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 95–121.
Published: 01 May 2000
... for film.11 Yet Pinky’s function as part of the mythifica- tion of the stereotype of the tragic mulatto relates it to other cine- matic representations. Since most of the other examples of classi- cal Hollywood films with mulattos, either passing or not, do...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 166–173.
Published: 01 September 1991
.... These all-male communities depend entirely on strategies that allow for the exclusion of “the feminine” or for the control of stereotypically female roles: these strategies include the 169 feminization of the enemy, the “feminization of loss” and masculine usurpation of reproduction...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 31–71.
Published: 01 May 2002
... but with the image or stereotype of the “Negro” long produced and exploited by Hollywood. The cinema always included sound—music, lec- tures, and other sorts of external sound accompanied the silent cinema—but the “talkies” synchronized sound and image, and African American performers defined and supplemented...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 129–157.
Published: 01 December 2005
... be accomplished by careful handling of the Oriental aspects of her public image. As a conse- quence, her on-screen and offscreen star image was tremendously complex. Aoki’s persona blurred the boundaries between Japa- nese and American (read European-American) identities, playing off stereotypes...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 129–153.
Published: 01 May 2015
... and identification with blackness come at the cost of repression and containment of deep and growing internal differences? Would representing these complex differences amount to airing dirty laundry, in effect fueling stereotypes and eroding black political power, social legitimacy, and cultural visibility...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
... often goes, the black mother is incapable and unloving, embodying two stereotypes that Patricia Hill Collins sums up as the dominant cultural images of black women — welfare mother and black matriarch2 — albeit in Precious  both are pushed to extremes of perverse monstrosity. Bullock’s white...