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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 141–151.
Published: 01 December 2016
... perspectives. Such issues include the process of urban redevelopment in Seoul, the global environmental crisis, utopian aspirations in the neoliberal economy, and the Korean authorities' ideological control of citizenship. The collective's imperative to engender sensory and affective engagement...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... sensibilities. This essay argues that BREAKAWAY is an inherently collaborative and cross-disciplinary work that self-reflexively invokes the utopian aspirations of the American underground and popular culture during the mid-1960s, especially through its utilization of rock and roll, a genre rooted in vernacular...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 99–131.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Seb Franklin This essay addresses the forms of utopian imagination that are produced when concepts such as society, community, and revolution are rendered using computational and communicational metaphors. By connecting recent phenomena such as the notion of “Twitter revolution” and Sheryl...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2008
... the notion of the stranger. Coincidence in this case would seem to satisfy a contemporary desire for recognition and connection among strangers, which the film would then exploit for its melodramatic potential. Yet far from facilitating a purely utopian meditation on countering the alienating structures...
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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 (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 95–123.
Published: 01 September 2020
... as a revolutionary practice that challenges homophobia and heteronormativity, which sometimes coexist with class inequality and racism. The discussion finally suggests that there is a social critique of civilization behind the escapism and pessimism, as well as utopianism, in queer cinema. Figure 1. Tomboy (dir...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 33–63.
Published: 01 September 2021
.... Through palimpsestic projection of the colonial era onto South Korea's neoliberal present, the film invites parallels between colonialism's unresolved legacy and contemporary modes of cultural production. Simultaneously, the film offers a utopian vision of a national self that surfaces—rather than...
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Camera Obscura (1983) 4 (2 (11)): 102–110.
Published: 01 September 1983
... as a figuration of the possibilities for social change. Insofar as Balzac's fantasy demands that history be something other than what it was, it holds a Utopian potential that Jameson would place outside the domain ofthe law. Thus he proposes a model ofdesire in which a perfectly...
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Camera Obscura (1985) 5 (1-2 (13-14)): 215–234.
Published: 01 September 1985
... as a means of manipulating individuals into acceptance of the status quo. Instead she sees these popular narratives as “contain[ing] elements of protest and resistance underneath highly ‘orthodox’ plots,’ ’ (p. 25) and thus as having a “transformational” and even utopian value as they work through...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (3 (69)): 111–135.
Published: 01 December 2008
... the disjunction between it and the world, entailing a critique of the power and the oppression that maintain that world, but this lack of fit also implies a utopian and emancipatory role for art.5 An example is overdue. I would like to follow these ideas through a film that seems little more than...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 238–261.
Published: 01 January 1992
... of cinematic desire. These “anatomies” circulate not only in the filmic texts of Muybridge, Miliis, and Notari but also 247 in fantasmatic forms, in utopian and anticipatory instances of cinema, such as the Neapolitan precinematic spectacles and literary predeces- sors such as Villiers de l’lsle...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (1 (16)): 9–46.
Published: 01 January 1988
... and hesitation." Utopian statements which ideal• ized the new medium as an ultimate expression of technological and social progress were met by equally dystopian discourses which warned of tele• vision's devastating effects on family relationships and the efficient func• tioning of the household. Indeed...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 95–135.
Published: 01 December 2011
...- izes not just the Modern past, but also the utopian and optimistic ideas of these earlier eras.”14 Within the field of film production, where the force of retro aesthetics often intersects with the indus- trial impulses of the remake, the late 1960s to mid-1970s period of film culture...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 109–153.
Published: 01 September 2002
... as an organizational force, and propose a fan- tasy/utopian alternative to complex political conditions.6 Major cultural events of the 1990s have brought to the American public consciousness an increased awareness of differ- ence, of the noncongruence between competing interpretations of equality, justice...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 184–185.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of labor and media The temporality of collectivity Collectivity and utopianism The relationship of technological change to collectivity The relation of collectivity to identity, individuality, and subjectivity Transnational forms of collectivity Collaboration, microtopias, communities of practice...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (2 (50)): 41–67.
Published: 01 September 2002
... utopian goals and, indeed, address the spectator as a “selfishly interested bystander.” By contrasting the epigraphs of Münsterberg and Kra- cauer, I orient my project around the opposing positions that locate cinema’s artistic value in either unity or disunity, contem- plation or distraction...
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Camera Obscura (1990) 8 (1 (22)): 130–137.
Published: 01 January 1990
.... (In this case, Menocchio is finally put to death.) Indeed, Ginzburg avoids the sort of discursive utopianism that supposes that simply because an oppressed voice comes to speak, it has broken free of the impositions of power. The end of a short essay of Ginzburg’s on another...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (3 (105)): 116–131.
Published: 01 December 2020
... for a specula- tive FLUIDØ sequel. We are seeking gender- fluid humans, nonhu- mans, trans- gens, retro- gens, junkies, pissers, huggers, cuddlers, and all body- positive sexing creatures. Are these folks from utopian communities? I seem to be swinging between dystopia and utopia. If resistance is still...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (2 (62)): 108–143.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Cinema modernist avant-garde with a deconstruction of and departure from history-laden tropes.18 In Twilight Memories, Andreas Huyssen argues that sig- nificant post-1960 German-language literature is simultaneously cynical and resistant, nostalgic and utopian, but always contains...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (2 (32)): 4–40.
Published: 01 September 1993
... a dream, a bad dream. If the content of Quaid’s dream is manifestly “bad,” though (death by asphyxiation), it is not without its latent romantic-utopian impulse: Lori: Was she there? Doug: Who? Lori: The one you told me about? 6 Doug: I can’t believe you’re jealous of a dream...