Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies

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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. 90. University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Film and Media Studies. $217 institutional subscription rate. ISSN: 0270-5346. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

This journal has a dozen or more photographs accompanying each of the six essays included in this issue. The cover has a drawing of red women with gigantic, distorted arms holding on to rail rings. The essays are on obscure topics related to feminist and media studies. There is no introduction to the issue from the editor, but there is an index of a few key items from the issue. Overall, I just couldn't get into this project. The photographs weren't particularly interesting, and none of the topics of the essays grabbed my attention. Here are a couple of them: "Kyung-Sung: Cinematic Memories of the Colonial Past in Contemporary Korea" and "Stardom Ke Peeche Kya Hai?/ What is behind the stardom? Madhuri Dixit, the Production Number, and the Construction of the Female Star Text in 1990s Hindi Cinema." The second one starts with an English word and is followed by a question in Hindi, which is translated immediately afterwards. …

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