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positions (2015) 23 (1): 15–39.
Published: 01 February 2015
... in this “Social Darwinian” era of scrambling empires out of which the “rise of Japan” and the “fall of China” narratives emerged. Challenging this standard narrative, the article uses Meiji woodblock prints of the war to demonstrate how “optical illusions” were constructed to support a Japanese master-narrative...
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positions (2001) 9 (1): 161–186.
Published: 01 February 2001
... and interpolation of the motherland by singing these pop songs. Optical Illusion The foreign policy of staving off the enemy behind closed doors informed the Chinese perception of the world.Slogans from this period include “the proletariat of the world...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 February 2021
... like a fun house, 3 geared to a more grown- up audience because of its complicated structure: a set of labyrinthine paths crisscrossing one another in multiple rooms, all walls covered with mirrors (fig. 1). At first, it appears that we can see it all, but we end up in a world of optical illusions...
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positions (2022) 30 (4): 645–652.
Published: 01 November 2022
... death as a sacrifice suggested to audiences by the director of Dooman River in an attempt to preserve the communitarian ethics of Korean Chinese and maintain the value of ethnic identity. Yi-Ting Chang's “Archipelagic Optics in Wu Ming-Yi's The Man with the Compound Eyes ” calls for a fundamental...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 29–50.
Published: 01 February 2017
... . “Mani Kaul” (interview) . 1995 . UNESCO Courier , July-August . Mati Manas . 1985 . Dir. Kaul Mani . Bombay : National Film Development Corporation , 35mm film . Mirror of Illusion . 1972 . Dir. Shahani Kumar . Bombay : Film Finance Corporation , 35mm film . Oedipus...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 161–201.
Published: 01 February 2014
... the illusion of a special kind of “essence.”49 Miyao ❘ Bright Lights, Big City 183 Figure 25  The uniform glowing in Der Letzte...
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positions (2008) 16 (1): 131–156.
Published: 01 February 2008
... is a repetition of World War II, and twenty-fi rst-century Neo-Tokyo repeats 1980s Tokyo. While projecting present society into the future is not an unusual narra- tive device, it makes for an unsettling double optic, in which we are encour...
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positions (2005) 13 (1): 137–155.
Published: 01 February 2005
... of the properties embraced by fascist groups and regimes, it is based on the primacy of historical knowledge that is aimed at dispelling ideological illusions at the expense of a conception of ideology—Žižek’s social fantasy— that has already structured...
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positions (2004) 12 (3): 687–710.
Published: 01 August 2004
... society metabolizes and inevitably metastasizes. This kind of Flores Catholic Capital: Consuming Manuel Ocampo 693 art, as it confronts the hubris of mastery, grapples with the phantom of the “savage,” but in the process subverts its optic...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 729–771.
Published: 01 August 2002
... voluptuous (or voluptuously artifi- cial) form is the visual center of the film. At several key points she uses an optical camouflage technology built into her skin to render herself invisible, but to do this she must first take off her clothes, leaving...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 7–39.
Published: 01 February 2014
... into a semblance of normalcy, but such normalcy conforms precisely to the very patriarchal codes that natural- ized the institutionalization of Japan’s military rape in the first place. The illusion of what is natural in sexuality and gender...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 351–387.
Published: 01 May 2017
... for the bottom-­up [ue-­muki] development of the Japanese peasantry and establishment of the individual was closed, the individual was established on a subjective basis, giving rise to a 180-­degree optical illusion in relation to the tendency...
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positions (2022) 30 (3): 619–640.
Published: 01 August 2022
... the demographic change in the village. When a rental building had a name, it became identifiable, personalized, and marketable. They sought the same effect that exotic names in the middle-class gated communities evoked, names that were “intended to give people an illusion of being in a foreign milieu” (Zhang...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 145–175.
Published: 01 February 2020
..., and gives a shape to the aftermath of lapsed temporality. Mirrors, photographs, and maps are optical, heuristic, and mnemonic devices in support of learn- positions 28:1 February 2020 158 ing, observing, and remembering; the products resulting from these cogni- tive acts of remaking that is, creating...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 713–740.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the illusion of control. Early in the film, when he is first imprisoned, you see him in his cell succumbing to gas coming out of the pipes. From an already subservient kneeling position, he falls off the bed, unconscious. It turns out...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 345–372.
Published: 01 February 2012
... and collapsed or, in the case of the PRC adopted a state policy of neoliberalization. I don’t recall that either Don or I ever had any illusions about the post- Cold War order. The collapse of the Soviet Union meant the end of a corrupted regime...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 51–87.
Published: 01 February 2010
... of inscriptions by asking how they not only lend an optical consistency to scientific practice but also provide the grounds for a more specific epistemology. At stake here is the resistance Latour brings to the idea that life can...
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positions (1994) 2 (1): 133–174.
Published: 01 February 1994
... formations of non-European Others. Concrete history enters into the interpenetrating mechanisms of psychic operations and optical technologies. The structures of split belief in the fetishist’s insistence on seeing what...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 389–429.
Published: 01 May 2017
... back to life: “Photography renders visible in objective form the immaterial phantasms that the optical revolution had exorcized” (2007: 111). Suzuki’s basic intention was to prove Onoda’s presence in a photojour- nalistic...
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positions (1995) 3 (1): 1–68.
Published: 01 February 1995
...: “Such as mathe- matics, mechanics, perspective, optics, chemistry, and so on- all these things should be investigated to the completion of principles.”22 In his positions 3: 1 Spring 1995 12...