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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 (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
... 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 (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 the...
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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, it...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and everyday 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...
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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 (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 a...
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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 of the...
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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 (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 (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... insistent injection 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...
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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 (2009) 17 (2): 435–454.
Published: 01 May 2009
... realist styles into an aesthetics of “disillusioned cinema”: a postmodern urban genre that simultaneously derides personal fantasies of sexual love and political fantasies of nation building. Both films use the formulas of romance to highlight the illusions and alienations of contemporary love, of...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 629–659.
Published: 01 August 2008
... words and consumer items, thus providing a contained sandbox for aesthetic play without endangering corporate decorum and sponsorship. A running theme in her tanka is the ever-elusive partner in love, a motif providing the basis for the building up toward an always-deferred satisfaction, jouissance . By...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 661–688.
Published: 01 August 2008
... relation through recourse to the virtual male body that avoids symbolic and material exhaustion. I find a point of resistance to this political economy of virtual masculinity in the history of Korean cinema. Specifically, I read the historical project of contemporary Korean cinema in light of the aesthetic...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 19–50.
Published: 01 February 2010
... artists created varying trauma art about the October 6 massacre as an aesthetic of vengeance, grief, and yearning to heal, of the struggle to remember forgotten histories, and of satiric moral outrage. I argue that the affective engagements of foreclosing retribution, of reconciliation, justice, social...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 351–372.
Published: 01 May 2010
... postcolonial politics. Taking up this conundrum as marking the limits, both aesthetic and political, of the positive and legitimizing discourses of global gay identity, we argue that there is an innovative queer cultural politics to precisely the aspects of Hung's writings that cause the most discomfort for...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 627–651.
Published: 01 August 2011
... a theatrical parody-travesty of the true revolution, an imaginary rhapsody of “revolution without a revolution.” Žižek's biases further reflect a proclivity among the Western Left to substitute historical and political critique with aesthetic theories and discourse. Copyright 2011 by Duke...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 297–332.
Published: 01 May 2019
... informed by a critical regionalism that undermines the supraracial, pan-Asianist ideology of the Singaporean heartland. Parodying aesthetics of documentary realism (namely its indexical relationship to social reality), Khoo develops his mockumentary syntax, which best characterizes his cross-cinematic...