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positions (2006) 14 (1): 193–218.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Peter Button Duke University Press 2006 Aesthetics, Dialectics, and Desire in Yang Mo’s Song of Youth Peter Button No doubt, one of the numerous difficulties that remain in our account of the socialist realist literary canon in China lies in our...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 29–50.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Richard I. Suchenski Although their work is most frequently discussed in relation to the “Indian New Wave” or within the more theoretically charged framework of the “avant-garde,” filmmakers Mani Kaul and Kumar Shahani have spent decades pursuing aesthetic projects whose parameters exceed...
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positions (1995) 3 (2): 597–631.
Published: 01 May 1995
...Liu Kang Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press 1995 Aesthetics and Chinese Marxism Liu Kang Marxist aesthetics has been a central concern in China’s cultural scene for much of the twentieth century. Obviously, Mao Zedong’s...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 195–221.
Published: 01 February 2017
... that renders cityscapes as symbolic witness to cultural ruin while dispensing with the technique of melodramatic italicization as expressive device. The author's discussion mobilizes an analytical category called “new junk aesthetics” to characterize these disparate urban fables whose narratorial logic seeks...
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positions (2023) 31 (3): 531–539.
Published: 01 August 2023
... they were not in quest of.” 3 It is a happy coincidence that the first general issue for which I have the pleasure of writing the introduction should deploy the aesthetics of the uncanny. The role of editor has many peaks and valleys, as shown in my conversation with Tani Barlow, the last contribution...
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positions (2006) 14 (1): 99–130.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Haiyan Lee Duke University Press 2006 Governmentality and the Aesthetic State: A Chinese Fantasia Haiyan Lee Since Michel Foucault proposed the concept of “governmental rationality” or “governmentality” in a series of lectures in the late 1970s...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
... consciousness, raising a number of aesthetic, thematic, and ethical issues (e.g., flatness, cinematic truth [ vérité ], “non-Aristotelian” dramaturgy [Brecht]). Among the numerous issues Kawase’s introspective style raises, the author focuses on its nonsubjective grammar and its (latent) critique of the liberal...
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positions (1999) 7 (2): 421–457.
Published: 01 May 1999
...Nick Kaldis Copyright © 1999 by Duke University Press 1999 Huang Jianxin‘s Cuowei and/as Aesthetic Cognition Nick Kaldis What conceptual framework does one use to understand works of art that are made in socialist societies, yet document...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 125–144.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Jenson Joseph For the earliest attempts in Malayalam cinema seeking to evolve a poetic aesthetic, the paradoxical relation toward urban modernity that emerged among the middle class by the middle of the twentieth century—defined by antagonism as well as fascination—operated as the axis around which...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 483–515.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Philip Kaffen In 1950 Nakai Masakazu, the vice librarian of Japan’s new National Diet Library, and philosopher trained in aesthetics at Kyoto Imperial University, published an essay on cinema and contemporary aesthetics. He saw the developments of the past half century as a massive uprooting...
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positions (2017) 25 (3): 595–629.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Nandini Bhattacharya In this essay the author traces the mobilization of vocabularies of risk, uncertainty, and insurance within private and public affective worlds in contemporary India, and their aesthetic forms as found in Indian film and literature today. Rituparno Ghosh's film Noukadubi (2011...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 259–285.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Christopher Weinberger This essay offers a new reading of a pivotal and controversial novella, “Gan” (“The Wild Geese,” 1911), by major modern Japanese writer Mori Ōgai. Scholars (such as Dennis Washburn and Shiokawa Tetsuya) have argued that Ōgai's formal experimentation and aesthetic ideals led...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 229–254.
Published: 01 February 2023
...—ranging from subtle to overt—against works of art about the female body, in which aesthetic judgments take on a moral character. The article begins with a discussion of Kim Soyoung's new woman: her first song (2004), which locates the possibilities for subject formation that the figure of the new Korean...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of such politically and formally radical content strove to legitimize the film and, by implication, also its source text, as politically and aesthetically defensible in both legal and artistic circles. But because the film had to function in its generic context as well, as a studio-branded “porno,” I insist also...
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positions (2022) 30 (4): 763–792.
Published: 01 November 2022
.... The article details how the Advertising Museum constructs the post‐democratization South Korean present as the dreamed‐of future, by equating historical progress with a triumphant march of technological, political, and aesthetic freedom to advertise. When museumified old advertisements are brought...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 351–387.
Published: 01 May 2017
... growth, and the cosmopolitan Marxism of urban life, Tanigawa (along with the other members of his commune) practiced a rigorous subtraction from the dominant ideological and aesthetic discourse of postwar Japanese life. Remapping their politics by imbricating activism with the line of writing, they moved...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 437–470.
Published: 01 May 2012
...” and urban practices, and their eradication from the landscape of urban memory. Visual spectacles of demolition thus signify new aesthetic and economic regimes that link capitalist redevelopment and redesign to the formation of modern, prosperous, and “civilized” cities and citizens. Copyright 2012 by Duke...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 241–265.
Published: 01 February 2012
... the creative ways images have inhabited the journal's “books,” I introduce ephemeral embodied performance art and the concept of “relational aesthetics” to discuss documentary filmmaking today. I suggest useful analogies from current art making. How might we reimagine the performance of our writing and reading...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 189–221.
Published: 01 February 2013
...-life spaces of working-class communities. While TNS stages most of its forum theater work within the conventional walls of theater space, Drama Box embraces an aesthetic and site specificity that are closer to the form's popular roots. The Marcusean/Gramscian framework presented in this article offers...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
... documentary, this article argues that they were not simply a relic of the televisual zhuantipian aesthetic but also the focus for a particular form of xianchang : liveness as presence and as testimony. In particular, following Erving Goffman, it suggests that critical moments of “flooding out” in Bumming...