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positions (1993) 1 (2): 389–413.
Published: 01 May 1993
...: Review of Edward Said's Orientalism” Literary Review (Wenxuepinglun) (Beijing) 1 :129–134. Orientalism and the Question of Universality: The language of Contemporary Chinese literary Theory Xiaobing Tang 1. A Signifying Absence In the rapidly shifting and frequently...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 579–605.
Published: 01 August 2013
... autonomy, modern female authors and protagonists remained circumscribed by sociolinguistic structures and thus were unable to assume the first-person voice. Khái Hưng's novel, I contend, addresses the gendered transformations of modern Vietnamese language and literature by exploring how the female...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 263–292.
Published: 01 February 2014
...Jin Liu This essay sets out to examine the emerging trend of Chinese rap songs that are rendered in nonstandard local languages or dialects in mainland China in the age of the Internet. It first disputes the common criticism, based on limited data, of Chinese rap as lacking social and political...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 565–593.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Jennifer Jihye Chun; Ju Hui Judy Han The so-called English fever and the international mobility of South Korean youth are linked to the popular pursuit of English-language education in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. From the perspective of young overseas...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 813–837.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Christina Yi This article examines the intersection of kokugo (national language) ideology and the kōminka (imperialization) movement in the early 1940s through the juxtaposition of two key texts: the Japanese-language story “Hikari no naka ni” (“Into the Light,” 1939), written by the Korean writer...
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positions (1994) 2 (1): 91–112.
Published: 01 February 1994
...Hosea Hirata Copyright © 1994 by Duke University Press 1994 Masturbation, the Emperor, and the Language of the Sublime in Oe Kenzabur6 Hosea Hirata Masturbation, the Emperor, and the language of the sublime: each of these rather disparate...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 171–197.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Serk-Bae Suh This essay examines the controversial staging of a Japanese-language version of the popular Korean romance Ch'unhyangjŏn ( The Tale of Spring Fragrance ) by the Japanese theatrical company Shinkyô in 1938. By analyzing the arguments of Japanese and Korean intellectuals about the play...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 489–510.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Wenqing Kang This essay analyzes the language and representation of male same-sex relations in major urban tabloid newspapers, other journalistic writings, and legal discourses. It argues that the Western sexological concept of homosexuality was accepted and incorporated in early-twentieth-century...
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positions (2022) 30 (2): 377–407.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Carolyn Areum Choi Abstract The pursuit of overseas English language education by South Korean youth has resulted in a hierarchy of educational destinations, with migrants studying English in the Global North attaining higher cultural capital compared to those learning English in the Global South...
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positions (1998) 6 (3): 597–635.
Published: 01 August 1998
...Thomas Lamarre Copyright © 1998 by Duke University Press 1998 Bacterial Cultures and Linguistic Colonies: Mori Rintaro's Experiments with History, Science, and Language Thomas Lamarre The Collected Works of Mori Ogai (pseudonym of Mori Rintaro, 1862- 1922...
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positions (2019) 27 (3): 499–529.
Published: 01 August 2019
...Cindi Textor This article considers the politics of representing “Korea” in Japanese-language texts, focusing specifically on the work of “Zainichi” writer Kim Sŏkpŏm (1925–). The author begins by identifying parallels between what Kim calls “the spellbinding of language” ( kotoba no jubaku...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 375–410.
Published: 01 May 2009
... narrative. The main argument is about what I call a “representation crisis,” the deep feeling that both language and narrative have lost their referent in the post-martial law cultural state in Taiwan. I point out that these writers' mistrust of official histories leads to an inward turn toward personal...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 511–536.
Published: 01 May 2010
... are HIV-positive is the result of a form of pastoral care, or governmentality, on the part of medical and health experts as well as the media. Language use is central to this experience. In response to the positive use of coming out language by experts, those living with HIV/AIDS have challenged...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 607–636.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Christopher P. Hanscom This article addresses the conjunction of disease, desire, and language in modernist Korean fiction of the late colonial period, particularly in Pak T'aewŏn's representative novella One Day in the Life of the Author, Mr. Kubo (1934). I bring to bear two central concepts...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 389–421.
Published: 01 August 2018
... speakers of different languages. First, using imperfect or absent subtitles, Ahmad steers attention away from dialogue’s linguistic meaning, toward the purely acoustic pleasures of dueling cultural phonemes or prosody—what language simply sounds like. The soundscape harbors an aesthetic that transcends...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 143–169.
Published: 01 February 2023
...Anna Iskra Abstract Since the late 1990s, China has experienced an explosion of popular interest in English language study. This nationwide “English fever” reflects how, with the global spread of neoliberal doctrines that were gradually adopted by Chinese governments, English was naturalized...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 629–659.
Published: 01 August 2008
... on the application of the conventional matrices of associations in classical poetic language to contemporary consumer-oriented intertexts. Foregrounding intertextuality provides a means of gauging premodern and modern texts in terms of multiple modes of textuality, canons, and cultural assumptions in Japanese verse...
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positions (2018) 26 (2): 197–212.
Published: 01 May 2018
... site where knowledge of exposure to pollutants and their effects is not just produced but contested through negotiations of different forms of communication, including knowledge exchange, practices, and translation of spoken and written languages as well as instrumental languages among professionals...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 121–139.
Published: 01 February 2021
... holed up in libraries and walking Manila’s streets. He wrote some of his most powerful stories between the end of US colonial rule and the beginning of the postcolonial era, at a time when the very craft of storytelling was itself endangered. And he did so in another language, American English, which...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 267–290.
Published: 01 May 2021
... of voice, language, writing, and music within the larger context of Six Dynasties thought and aesthetics. Despite the wide range of vocalizations (e.g., wailing, the tiger's roar) associated with whistling in premodern China, the whistling examined in this article refers to a particular vocal art commonly...