Fangirls in the Crosshairs

In 1986, film scholar Miriam Hansen began her essay “Pleasure, Ambivalence, Identification: Valentino and Female Spectatorship” (Cinema Journal 25.4) with a short history lesson: In the context of discussions on cinematic spectatorship, the case of Rudolph Valentino demands attention, on historical as well as theoretical grounds. For the first time in film history, women spectators […]

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Doctor Who and the Trouble with (Cool) “Japan”

One sweltering Sunday in August, my husband, kids, sister-in-law, her daughter, and my brother-in-law found ourselves in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo on the opening weekend of “Nisei Week,” a week-long celebration of Japanese-American life and culture in Southern California. My husband is Japanese-American – his grandfather was born in a suburb of Hiroshima City, and […]

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