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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1159–1189.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Mark Swislocki This article examines points of convergence and divergence in Chinese and Anglo-US notions of animal protection and shows how representations of animals and animal protection in late Qing Shanghai constituted claims to moral authority. It draws on representation of animal cruelty...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 435–479.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of approach is presence-centered by drawing attention to the most visible scenarios under the revolutionary limelight at that time. In contrast, this article calls attention to what was invisible in the much-discussed cultural scene: how animals were represented and underrepresented in animation...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 97–127.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Juno Salazar Parreñas Southeast Asian wildlife rehabilitation centers, such as an orangutan rehabilitation center in Malaysia and an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, facilitate commodified forms of intimacy between endemic animals, their caretakers who also hail from the region, and transnational...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 729–771.
Published: 01 August 2002
...Christopher A. Bolton 2002 by Duke University Press 2002 From Wooden Cyborgs to Celluloid Souls: Mechanical Bodies in Anime and Japanese Puppet Theater Christopher A. Bolton In contrast to something that retains its form, information periodically changes...
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positions (2018) 26 (4): 719–747.
Published: 01 November 2018
..., or to warn.” As Derrida points out, the term monster is linked to the sign that typically serves to mark the separation of human beings as a higher form of life from other animal species, so that the lack of this attribute comes to designate the condition of animality itself. Derrida’s paradoxical reading...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 291–317.
Published: 01 May 2021
... levels. The article concludes that death and reanimation across media channels point to a new rhythmic temporal regime. Characters are now mortal but cannot die, doomed to become eternally wandering media‐mix zombies. The article relates this media economy linked to themes of death and animation...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 853–884.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Wai-hung Yiu; Alex Ching-shing Chan The popularity and circulation of Japanese manga bishōjo (“beautiful young girls”) (Japanese teenage girl comics), and its consumptive creations in forms of cosplays (public costume parades in anime characters), toy figures, and animes appropriated by the local...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 175–207.
Published: 01 February 2019
... production and life, understood as code, has profound ramifications for the organization of the humanities, which are still indebted to very powerful presuppositions not only about species difference (such as the difference between human and animal) but also about the way in which species difference...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 597–621.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Rea Amit Imamura Taihei (1911–86) is considered by many to be the first film theorist in Japan, and he is known chiefly for his two grand theories on documentary film and animation. Yet, at the same time, Imamura also developed a third, no less ambitious theory, that of “Cinema and Japanese Art...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 447–479.
Published: 01 May 2020
... it is understandable, and perhaps even normal , to perpetuate such processes, this article argues we should engage rather than erase them since they not only animate persons and texts but also illuminate efforts to understand human responses to air pollution. Copyright 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 China...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 241–265.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Angela Zito In autumn 2010, I reread the fifty-four issue-books of positions for its use of images. This essay demonstrates that where the image's gestures animate, supplement, and haunt the written text, we find the edge of our critical practice. Journals, like framed shots, have their limitations...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1095–1125.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Teresa Kuan A certain kind of news story appears in the Chinese media every so often: a junior middle school student hung herself, a university student threw sulfuric acid at some zoo animals, a biotechnology student murdered his classmates. These media stories are extreme and sensational indeed...
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positions (2004) 12 (2): 509–537.
Published: 01 May 2004
... of directions: theological definitions of animals and attacks on Buddhist definitions; at- tempts to isolate Chinese Buddhism, as if to say that vegetarianism is not really even Buddhist; a rebuttal of the health benefits; cultural assumptions...
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positions (2001) 9 (2): 467–493.
Published: 01 May 2001
... and the beginning of the animation boom in the 1970s, concurrent with the deep cultural changes occurring as Japan went from economic dependent to economic superpower, however, visions of the Japanese past became both fragmented and ideologically diverse...
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positions (2008) 16 (1): 131–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
... of responsibility in chains of command, nuclear holocaust is as much and maybe more of a danger today than ever before. In Otomo Katsuhiro’s manga and anime versions of Akira, I find pos- sibilities for a historically grounded...
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positions (2007) 15 (1): 65–90.
Published: 01 February 2007
... the theater if the intensity of the images became unbearable. And indeed, explicit scenes of sadistic emotional and physical torture, blatant cruelty to animals, masoch- istic self-mutilation (via fishhook insertions), and humiliating subordination...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 505–509.
Published: 01 August 2002
... Cyborgs to Celluloid Souls: Mechanical Bodies in Anime and Japanese Puppet Theater” is also about the historical instability of our bodies in the mighty historical efflorescence of objectification pro- duced by contemporary capital. Like Ban Wang...
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positions (1996) 4 (2): 253–289.
Published: 01 May 1996
... in Wulin frequently discussed the Four Animal Spirits or Four Sacred Animals (sidaxian or sidamen), of which the yellow weasel is one, and their ability to possess humans and cause illnesses (nao suihuo). They some- times referred...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 947–952.
Published: 01 November 2012
.... But Ferrari’s point is that traditions are transparent in the international study of cultural production. Mark Swislocki raises an adjacent point in his historical study of contend- ing legal status of the animal in Chinese colonial courts in the late...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 337–341.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... In her “The Dis/appearance of Animals in Animated Films during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966 – 76,” Du attempts to demonstrate a negative: talking, anthropomor- phic, child-­friendly animal characters got banished. In their place appeared...