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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 191–217.
Published: 01 September 2002
... of racialization, kinship, and sexuality under US slavery. Ralph Fiennes in Strange Days (dir. Kathryn Bigelow, US, 1995) Strange Days and the Subject of Mobility Brian Carr This is not like TV, only better. This is life. It’s a piece of somebody’s life. It’s pure and uncut—straight...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (2 (53)): 93–123.
Published: 01 September 2003
... manuscript, “Mediation and Difference in Contemporary Feminism,” and an edited collection of essays, “Metaphoricity and Postmodern Politics.” The Piano (dir. Jane Campion, Australia/New Zealand/ France, 1993) Jane Campion’s Selling of the Mother/Land: Restaging the Crisis of the Postcolonial Subject...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (3 (63)): 63–101.
Published: 01 December 2006
... networks in recent American fiction. “her” (frontispiece to title page) from Patchwork Girl; or, A Modern Monster. Courtesy of Eastgate Systems Subject to Change: The Monstrosity of Media in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl; or, A Modern Monster and Other Posthumanist Critiques...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 49–73.
Published: 01 December 2018
... of cinematic realism to the historically disparate stakes of subjectivity in the two films’ production contexts. In Redupers , the film’s protagonist employs photography as a means to build solidarity and assert women’s subjectivity in the face of nearly insurmountable material and social obstacles...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 157–167.
Published: 01 December 2019
.... These professionals help cultivate television programs’ aural sensibilities by literally giving voice to a show’s premise and, in so doing, raise the volume on women’s place in television storytelling as otherwise marginalized subjects. This essay identifies three different types of theme singing that are especially...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 35–63.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the intentions of collaborative partners or the institutions hosting them, shared labor opens ways to contend with difference as creative material and not just as that which opposes normality. The author considers a number of artists' groups, projects, and collaborative methods in which the subject slips out...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 8–40.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Rey Chow Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 Male Narcissism and National Culture: Subjectivity in Chen Kaige’s King of the Children Rey Chow I: The Detour . . . how many [teachers] (the majority) do...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Fiona I. B. Ngô This essay explores how visibility and sight, but also invisibility and blindness, inform the production of knowledge about subjectivity and subjection in critical refugee studies. I consider Ekleipsis , by the Vietnamese American filmmaker Tran T. Kim-Trang from the Blindness...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 77–107.
Published: 01 September 2013
...). The article looks at these documentaries to explore black female subjectivity, with the trope of adoption acting as an organizing narrative principle. Adoption is treated as a metaphor of sorts, and one that might dislocate the primacy of traditional moralizing about what it means (not) to be a mother...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 104–125.
Published: 01 September 1996
...Kwai-Cheung Lo Copyright © 1995 by Indiana University Press 1996 Muscles and Subjectivity: A Short History of the Masculine Body in Hong Kong Popular Culture Kwai-Cheung La About a year ago, watching David Letterman's Late Show on CBS, I was surprised to find...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 30–67.
Published: 01 May 1988
...Kaja Silverman Copyright © 1988 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1988 The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (Mantegna) Masochism and Male Subjectivity Kaja Silverman Perversion: Turning aside from truth or right; diversion to an improper use...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 113–143.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Hiram Perez Building on feminist and queer scholarship on the relationship of film spectatorship to subjectivity, this essay conjectures subaltern spectatorships of the two US film adaptations of Fannie Hurst's 1933 novel Imitation of Life as a means of tracing the impossibly entangled discourses...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 175–185.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the filmmaking process and the filming subjects, demonstrating self-reflexive performativity more than transparent authenticity. It is such performativity that mediates between the past and the present, between the individual and the collective. As a participatory performance of filmmaking, the Folk Memory...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 141–171.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Zara Dinnen Abstract This essay considers the figure of the “user” as an emergent subject of late twentieth‐century US culture, in relation to the World Wide Web and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The user is a subject position that is historical in the sense that use relations have...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Richard Pope It is typically argued that Blade Runner should be seen as a metaphor of the postmodern condition, or of our—”our” insofar as we are postmodern subjects—schizophrenic relation to the Symbolic order. It is said that while the film's replicants are initially resistant to the social order...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (1 (91)): 93–121.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Ros Murray This article assesses the impact and import of 1970s French feminist video collectives, focusing on the relationship between technology, subjectivity, and embodiment. It investigates how early portable video technology provided the tools for an exploration of subjectivity as collective...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
... of governmentality. Shot in real time between 2002 and 2007, And I Do Survive takes as its subject the HIV-positive bisexual activist Michelle Lopez. Born in Trinidad, Lopez has been in the US for close to two decades now but has been unable to acquire citizenship because of a legal ban on HIV-positive immigrants...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 91–121.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Noor Al-Qasimi This article focuses on shampoo advertising for Saudi Arabian Television. It examines the ways in which shampoo advertisements produced for Saudi Arabian Television employ techniques to introduce and maintain codes of modesty in the construction of the Muslim female subject on-screen...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 41–71.
Published: 01 December 2009
... argue that Or, My Treasure is a critical Mizrahi feminist film that exposes the hegemonic social gaze as a political mechanism of power and violence that terrorizes the Mizrahi female body. The ethnic, class, and gender oppression of the Mizrahi female subject creates a traumatic experience...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 1–37.
Published: 01 May 2020
... “relegate the embodied voice to a service role of rendering audible the coherent thought.” Similarly, for trans-gender individuals undergoing vocal change, media technologies of vocality like the telephone and the answering machine—the subject of this article—do more than render subjects audible. Through...