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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 41–71.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Raz Yosef This article explores the relationship between trauma, gender, and ethnicity in the Israeli film Or, My Treasure (dir. Keren Yedaya, Israel/France, 2004). The film presents a few routine days in the life of Ruthie, a Mizrahi (Jews from Arab countries) prostitute, and her daughter, Or. I...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 93–133.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Raya Morag This essay proposes a new paradigm for cinema trauma studies: the trauma of the perpetrator. Recognizing a current shift in interest from trauma suffered by victims to that suffered by perpetrators, it seeks to break the repression of the abhorrent figure of the perpetrator in cinema...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 63–87.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Joy McEntee Charles S. Young and Susan L. Carruthers describe John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (US, 1962) as a prisoner-of-war film. This article argues that, as such, it stages the responses of its male protagonists to trauma. Focusing on weeping, the article examines...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 113–137.
Published: 01 May 2019
... theory of the matrixial borderspace provides a rich conceptual frame to consider the intergenerational transference of trauma that is so palpably present in No Home Movie and that, in many ways, might be read as a key to Akerman’s entire oeuvre. Chantal Akerman No Home Movie trauma the matrixial...
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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 (2015) 30 (3 (90)): 61–91.
Published: 01 December 2015
... themselves in the form of spatial hauntings in such narratives, they can be said to resemble the workings of trauma whereby deeply disturbing past experiences continually disrupt the present. This essay argues that the Paranormal Activity film franchise (US, 2007–12) is animated less by the hermeneutics...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 1–39.
Published: 01 December 2009
... in these films, Osterweil reads these texts as attempts to reconcile the trauma of interracial desire as represented in D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915). Yet while these films superimpose their own utopian fantasies of interracial, intergenerational romance over the vision of racial violence “written...
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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 (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., and larger American historical events, Bechdel's novel deals with themes of trauma, memory, and historical narrative. The novel has been embraced for the queer way in which it approaches her family archive — it refuses to settle on one understanding of the truth of Bechdel's father, his sexuality...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Aviva Briefel This essay contends that Jennifer Kent's The Babadook (2014) expands the subgenre of maternal horror by exploring reassurance as a fraught motherly act, one that is imbricated with the trauma of having to believe in the child's monsters. The film dissects the rituals that have...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 117–151.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of a larger trend in cultural production and critical discourse, part of a shift away from a focus on trauma and victimhood in the depiction of violence against women, and a turn to the contestatory and critical powers of cinematic and other visual representations that aim to disrupt and challenge our...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 113–143.
Published: 01 May 2008
... of Life stages for black and queer of color spectators originary traumas, in particular the formative (and compounded) experiences of racial and sexual shame. This essay seeks to reconcile the dissonant emotions evoked by Imitation of Life by reading the overidentifications of subaltern spectators...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
... to stage the satisfactions of marital bliss. Linda's fantasy of domestic modernity pointedly and spectacularly fails to cover over national histories of colonial violence and trauma. Meanwhile, Mei Li's premodern framework of animism enlivens these abject spirits otherwise buried by national and imperial...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 157–185.
Published: 01 December 2004
... aesthetic might itself be a way of thinking historical experience, but one that falls outside the traditional categories of historical representation. In what follows, I draw on concepts of trauma and testimony, witnessing and bearing witness, to demonstrate a specific relation to history that we might...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (1 (58)): 33–57.
Published: 01 May 2005
... at the moment it is made apparent—a textual death no doubt linked to the trauma of the war that historically and ethically heralds the aesthetic split between the subjects of the two books. When Deleuze writes of cinema, “a system which is closed—even one which is very closed up—only apparently...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (2 (17)): 112–132.
Published: 01 May 1988
... caused by confusion of images. All moving pictures are not equally difficult to watch. In some the quivering motion is reduced to a minimum. In others it is violent A major feature of the perceptual overlap between the railroad and the cinema is the experience of “shock,” as trauma...
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Camera Obscura (1997) 14 (1-2 (40-41)): 4–14.
Published: 01 May 1997
... implies. Once those remainders or leftovers become recognized in a signifying system, they erect contradictory or competing cultural logics, logics that have to be reconciled or negotiated. While recent work in the field of psychoanalysis and trauma suggests that traumatic...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (1 (58)): 107–147.
Published: 01 May 2005
... of acts of memory to transform past traumas, about the purposes and potentials of different forms of memory for collective engagements with histories of material and symbolic violence. Drawing on recent work theorizing memory as an activ- ity that mediates between past and present, and between indi...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 77–107.
Published: 01 May 2020
... proposes a new epistemol- ogy, which I regard as typical of the New Cambodian Cinema: many films present the rice- paddies- turned- killing- fields, in which bod- ies were left unburied and scattered, as a major psycho- religious trauma. After the genocide, the survivors resettlement in these killing...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (3 (66)): 185–191.
Published: 01 December 2007
..., Film and the Imperial Gaze (1997), Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (1998, coedited with Susan Squier), Feminism and Film (2000), Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (2004, coedited with Ban Wang), and Trauma Culture...