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positions (2013) 21 (2): 225–267.
Published: 01 May 2013
... perspective in understanding the distinctive local developments of modernity and postmodernity worldwide. This issue focuses on twentieth-century Japan to examine some critical issues concerning collectivism and art, including the impetuses and origins of collectivism, the evolution of modern and contemporary...
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positions (2013) 21 (2): 417–449.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., antiinstitutional, and underground cultures in Tokyo and Kyoto in the late 1960s. Copyright 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 Performance Collectives in 1960s Japan: With a Focus on the “Ritual School” KuroDalaiJee This essay focuses on a set of artists’ collectives I call “gishiki...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 211–239.
Published: 01 February 2012
.... The focus is on how individuals, networks of people, and institutions presented and relied on information about families, physical appearance, personal interviews, and affective ties to make sense of migratory patterns resulting from Japanese military expansion. The article argues that by the mid-1940s...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 785–806.
Published: 01 November 2015
...) as the sole focus of the war experience. This essay, by contrast, expands consideration of the “Korean War” by examining cultural representations of the proto-Korean nation-state during the 1931–45 Pacific War. This shift in focus enables an inquiry into the role of the state in its business practice of war...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 13–42.
Published: 01 February 2009
... problems at that time. The temporal and intentional focus of these two approaches is so different that they might constitute different enterprises entirely. To the extent that historians of political thought are interested in history, the predominant method for analyzing the meaning and context of texts...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 231–251.
Published: 01 February 2010
... in the West. While it seems difficult to differentiate his images from crude exploitation and general degradation of women, his photographs attract many female fans. I argue that we are invited and directed to see his photographs in ways that “engender” the viewer. I focus on the “Araki industry,” which has...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 209–239.
Published: 01 February 2019
... the normal macrolevel focus on the definition of areas. By focusing instead on microlevel studies of the shifting webs of connection that link a particular locus to the wider world it is possible to shed some new light on the social and cultural meaning of area in historical perspective. This article...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Takushi Odagiri This article examines Kawase’s films, with a focus on her early documentaries in autobiographical forms (in the 1990s and early 2000s). Far from being a simple mimesis of her everyday reality, Kawase’s cinema-verité–like autobiographies have distinct features. In particular...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 February 2012
... an appropriate anniversary issue for renewing this journal. Essays consequently focus on the maturation of lines of research and on what, in light of the passage of a full generation of scholarship, might be issues just arising on the historical horizon. The first set of essays introduces the reader...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 437–470.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Christina Schwenkel The shift to “market socialism” has brought rapid and profound changes to urban landscapes in Vietnam. Focusing on the fate of socialist architecture and urban design under contemporary urban redevelopment and renewal plans, this essay explores the transformation of Vinh City...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 595–625.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of government shape one another in contemporary Vietnam. This focus, which considers the material consequences of different discursive positions, reveals a curious paradox. Namely, the dominant regulatory approaches in use today define the primary source of bureaucratic corruption and thus the forms...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 389–415.
Published: 01 February 2012
... Vietnamese films and literature have begun to focus on the massive human costs and painful aftermath of the war. These are articulated through tropes of mourning, silences, and loss. My hypothesis is that the uncanny occupies a privileged place in contemporary Vietnamese visual and written narratives because...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 983–1007.
Published: 01 November 2012
... also mark the imaginative disappearance of a colonial “tropical” city for an urban world now thoroughly modernized. The representative films undertaking explorations of class and the urban environment that form the focus of this article are Eric Khoo's Mee Pok Man (1995), Kelvin Tong and Jasmine Ng's...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1191–1213.
Published: 01 November 2012
... and confused reception by art and film critics alike. Critics familiar with Barney's work tend to focus on the artistry of his characteristically rich visual images in DR9 , rather than deciphering and contextualizing his suggestions about Japanese “tradition” or the historical relationship between Japan...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 547–577.
Published: 01 August 2013
... of Korean history or art history with material culture studies, science studies, and the phenomenological anthropology of landscape. My focus is Sǒkkuram, surely among the most extensively discussed of all Korean historic sites. Initially, I unveil a record of the temple in the unpublished papers...
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positions (2013) 21 (2): 475–488.
Published: 01 May 2013
... experience as a woman artist in the male-dominant avant-garde environment in the southern region of Kyūshū from the mid-1950s to the 1980s. Gender and sociopolitical dynamics in various art collectives are the primary focus throughout the interview in order to reveal the less examined inner workings...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 947–985.
Published: 01 November 2013
... to that of a socialist revolution. In critically assessing this view, this article embeds the works of women writers in their contemporary social and cultural context. The focus of discussion throughout are the works of Kang Kyǒngae, perhaps the most prominent and representative writer of the group. Leftist women...
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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...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 597–617.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Christine Hong As an introduction to the special issue of positions: asia critique on the unending Korean War, this opening essay calls critical attention to the war's temporal contours, shifting focus from the question of the Korean War's origins that bedeviled Korean studies throughout the Cold...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 565–593.
Published: 01 August 2015
..., this article explores the everyday experiences and subjective transformations produced by English-language travel overseas. Drawing upon surveys, interviews, and focus groups, the authors find that temporary sojourns to English-speaking destinations such as Vancouver represent more than rational, instrumental...