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positions (2017) 25 (2): 293–322.
Published: 01 May 2017
... with the powerful vitalist ideas from the turn of the century, such as the urge to dissolve subject-object dichotomies into an “Eastern monism” or a mystical life force and the animistic figuring of technology. New sensationism emerges as a discursive field shot through with tensions and nonsynchronicities...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 145–169.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Gavin Walker As an author, a figure, and as an author who relied on figurations of himself as a primary device, Mishima Yukio (1925–1970) has existed in a complex relationship to criticism and literary history. Criticism of Mishima's work and life has often taken for granted the network...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 561–591.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Alfred Montoya Drawing on archival research and fieldwork conducted in Ho Chi Minh City and its environs in 2007–2008, this article examines a shift from a moral-economic model of protection/patronage turning on the long-standing figure of “the People,” to a biopolitical mechanism of power...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 685–712.
Published: 01 August 2012
... of the Hmong soldiers' sacrifice and, second, as a reward for the Hmong refugee who inhabits a condition of statelessness. This essay foregrounds the link between the refugee and soldier figures to formulate the refugee soldier, a conjoining of the soldier who fought abroad and the refugee who lives at home...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 781–808.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Ken Yoshida This is a study of Hanada Kiyoteru, a communist literary and art critic whose position in the world of postwar art criticism has gone relatively unexamined in Japanese studies and art history in English. One of the more aggressive critical figures during the immediate postwar era, he...
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positions (2016) 24 (3): 693–719.
Published: 01 August 2016
... figured as a mirror of the nation, either as continuing from the impulses of the nation or as a response to it. Contra this, it proposes that “region” should be understood as being formed simultaneously within and without the structuring of the nation. Even while the horizon of universality provided...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 447–479.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., or PM2.5, pollution on record. This paper is also concerned, more generally, with processes associated with attempts to transform the messiness, or figurative haze, of fieldwork into an authoritative written account. These dual concerns—with air pollution and writing—are mutually informing since both seem...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 713–740.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the deployment of these models as a primary means of conceptualizing modern Korean history. The article reads the film's protagonist, O Dae-su, as an embodiment of the anxieties and vexations of the salary men working for the chaebôls at a time of economic collapse. The salary man is a pivotal figure not only...
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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 (2012) 20 (1): 7–35.
Published: 01 February 2012
... for such spatial regularities has been the nation-state form, itself a predominantly spatial figure, and its capacity for modernizing transformation leading to the establishment of modern rationalities such as the liberal democratic polity, capital accumulation, and the self-regulating market, which would...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 389–415.
Published: 01 February 2012
... examine the spatial opposition between streets and interiors, and why Hùng focuses so strongly on abjection, silences, and failed articulation of desires. The figure of the poor, beautiful woman forced into prostitution to save her family is almost a cliché in Vietnamese fiction—and so is that of her poor...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 851–875.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Diem-My T. Bui This article examines how figurations of Vietnamese women in the popular US imagination played significant roles in explaining, justifying, criticizing, or creating sympathy for US involvement in the war in Viet Nam. Bui looks to the clashes between Madame Nhu's efforts to manage her...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 11–49.
Published: 01 February 2013
... national community. As a way of dialoguing with and thereby enriching Euro-centric debates on the place of racialized culture in the study of empire, this paper will show how attention to colonial sensibilities figured centrally in the government-general's avowed goal to “assimilate” colonized Koreans...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 547–577.
Published: 01 August 2013
... historically significant non -representational orderings of words and things. In the first, what I call “writing in,” a form given phenomenologically by the relation of the figures on Sǒkkuram's walls contained multiple shifts in its meaningful content. Sǒkkuram became a privileged locus for considering...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 659–681.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Qi Wang This article explores the visual representation of minority (especially queer) identities in the highly stylized and experimental documentaries of independent filmmakers Shi Tou and Cui Zi'en, two of the most prominent cultural figures in the Chinese queer community. My analysis focuses...
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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 (2014) 22 (2): 517–540.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Yukiko Shigeto In 1934 Nakano Shigeharu (1902 – 79), a Marxist writer and key figure in the Japanese proletarian literature movement since the mid-1920s, renounced his ties with the Japan Communist Party by way of vowing not to participate in social movements, an act known in Japanese as tenkô...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 545–564.
Published: 01 August 2015
... figures in this new activist left—Hirai Gen, Matsumoto Hajime, and Amamiya Karin—and demonstrates some of the ways that their work and activism are sketching out an exciting new future beyond capitalism itself. hyperneoliberalism NEET freeter Mickey Mouse proletariat ikitsurasa (existential...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 343–368.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of the eighteenth century or contemporary digital file sharers, the media pirate cuts a hip, antiestablishment figure: at once creative, transgressive, and enterprising. So the search for more demoniacal associations continues, roping in the smuggler, the counterfeiter, the serial killer, and, closer to our times...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 403–433.
Published: 01 May 2016
... in a standoff in which such broadcasting figured crucially. An analysis of sound and its reception during those weeks reveals the precarious status of nationalism in a country where other political loyalties, including regionalism and class, have come increasingly (and in this case study, audibly) to the fore...