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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 159–167.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of the changes that have taken place in the field — namely, the rise of queer theory. Indeed, queer theorists may be drawn to film and media, as is evident in a wide range of key works, precisely because film and media are (figurations of) queer theory. One key thinker who understood this early...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 66–85.
Published: 01 December 1984
...Dana Polan © 1984 by Camera Obscura 1984 ‘ ‘Desire Shifts the DZferance’’ : Figural Poetics and Figural Politics in the Film Theory of Marie-Claire Ropars Dana Polan Polymorphous and perverse the cinema explodes the sign...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 80–94.
Published: 01 September 1988
...Diane Waldman Copyright © 1988 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1988 Film Theory and the Gendered Spectator: The Female or the Feminist Reader? Diane Waldman Like literary theory and criticism, film theory has moved from a notion of meaning immanent in the text to a concern...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (3 (27)): 4–35.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Elizabeth Young Copyright © 1992 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) The Silence of the Lambs and the Flaying of Feminist Theory Elizabeth Young I. The Sheepish Spectator Let me begin with a curious fact about my relation...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 101–141.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is one of the most acclaimed films of all times, recognized by scores of critics, film theorists, and film historians as a pivotal work in both film history and film theory. By now, Vertigo is so deeply embedded in film theory that it is almost...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and political theory by suggesting that the state of theory today is plagued by a form of autoimmune disorder. That is to say, certain kinds of cultural and political theory confront themselves as enemies, as something that should be attacked. With reference to the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 161–187.
Published: 01 December 2015
... that mediation plays in this so-called cinema of immediacy. Furthermore, this missed encounter between the films of the NFE and the critical discourse about them raises a larger set of questions regarding the status of theory in the field of contemporary film studies, particularly in the dialectical relationship...
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Camera Obscura (1981) 3 (1 (7)): 66–87.
Published: 01 May 1981
...R.S. Hamilton © 1981 by Camera Obscura 1981 Breulhless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959) Between the First and Second Semiologies: Psychoanalysis and Film Theory R. S. Hamilton Entre le discours dtbile et le discours excitt, il n’est pas...
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Camera Obscura (1994) 11-12 (3-1 (33-34)): 242–261.
Published: 01 May 1994
...Thomas Streeter; Wendy Wahl Copyright © 1994 by Indiana University Press 1994 Peter Malarkey, “Inside Chicago” 1993. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Martin-Zambito Fine Art, Seattle, Washington. Audience Theory and Feminism: Property, Gender, and the Television Audience...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (1 (64)): 43–75.
Published: 01 May 2007
..., 1946) Courtesy Photofest “One Right Guy to Another”: Howard Hawks and Auteur Theory Revisited Varun Begley If one tried to imagine the literary criticism of a patriarchal culture, one might predict several likely concerns: (1) that the role of the author would be conceived...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 178–183.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Daydreams: Consumer Citizenship and Hollywood Cinema of the 1930s.” A R C H I V E F O R T H E F U T U R E Political Theory and Melodrama Studies Anna Siomopoulos Throughout the important collection Cultural Studies and Political Theory, theorists...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 1–41.
Published: 01 September 2009
... judgment enter into film theory. Within the pretty, then, we might find unexpected potential to think aesthetics otherwise. Pretty is an invented term; that which it names is figured differently and often implicitly across film theories that have few similarities except for this strange commonality in what...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 78–99.
Published: 01 January 1992
...Katie King Copyright © 1992 by Indiana University Press 1992 Masami Teraoka, 1992, New Wave Series1 Female Condom Tale, watercolor on paper Local and Global: AIDS Activism and Feminist Theory Katie King The juncture between all of these interests...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 130–143.
Published: 01 December 1984
...Lynne Kirby Linda Williams (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981) © 1984 by Camera Obscura 1984 L'Age d'Or (Luis Bunuel, 1930) Book Reviews Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film by Linda WiUzams (Urbana: University of Iiiinois Press, 1981) Lynne...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 77–105.
Published: 01 December 2023
... to the world of fantastical nonhuman creatures. For me, a non-Indigenous viewer and scholar working with queer theory and Indigenous media studies, these themes seemed so obvious, existing on the surface level of the film, not hidden beneath it. Yet most authors referred to the two main characters, Tina...
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Camera Obscura (1984) 4 (3 (12)): 89–106.
Published: 01 December 1984
... Bible of Saint-Martial, Limoges, 1 lth century Desire in Art and Politics: The Theories of Jean-FranCois Lyotard Maureen Turim When one mentions the juncture of semiotics, psychoanalysis and ideology in French theory, certain names circulate in the American con- sciousness: Roland...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (2-3 (20-21)): 68–81.
Published: 01 December 1989
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (1 (97)): 57–81.
Published: 01 May 2018
... the film sound theorist Michel Chion calls the acousmêtre , or the acousmatic voice. By bringing together Chion, Lacan, and feminist film theory, the article analyzes the acousmatization of the male voice in Gabbeh (dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran/France, 1996) and Banoo-ye ordibehesht ( The May Lady , dir...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 63–95.
Published: 01 December 2019
... Street as a case study to analyze the ways in which theories of trauma can be effectively brought to bear on melodramas of the post–World War I era and, in the process, demonstrate the appeal Pabst’s works held for the Close Up editors, who shared his interest in trauma, psychoanalysis, and healing...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 153–163.
Published: 01 September 2017
... to queer gamers, game designers, and games critics and scholars. This introduction frames queer game studies as both a theory and practice, beginning a special In Practice section of Camera Obscura that profiles the Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon), the first conference explicitly dedicated...