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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1067–1093.
Published: 01 November 2012
... the vamp narrative to a Japanese context, Tanizaki reproduces this racial tension. This article examines the actresses, including Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, and others, that Tanizaki uses as models for the modern girl in these two novels. The existing narrative of the Hollywood vamp...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 713–737.
Published: 01 November 2019
... marriage but to resolve the tension between the demands of “Indian tradition” on middle-class young women and their desire for a selfhood inflected by neoliberal discourses of autonomy. This dichotomy is symbolized in the novels in the tension between mothers and daughters and plays out primarily across...
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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 (2017) 25 (2): 351–387.
Published: 01 May 2017
... by this tension of exile itself, inaugurates a series of potential moments through which the possibilities of resistant mappings can be understood. For Tanigawa, the political potential of this mapping rather lies in mobilizing the histories of the affective memory of struggle that are sedimented...
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positions (2013) 21 (2): 383–415.
Published: 01 May 2013
... of the Second World War. Despite this emphasis on the individual, I argue that the collective enterprise of the Gutai altered the creative process irrevocably, and that it is impossible to consider the work of any artist separate from the group. In his article “Gutai kusari” (“Gutai Chain”) on the tension...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 403–428.
Published: 01 May 2014
... this band chose melodic black metal (an offshoot of death metal) but also why it is attempting to articulate a political position through such means. Reading Wuhe's more nuanced account on the incident with ChthoniC's use of it highlights the tension between history, memory, and its political usages...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 661–689.
Published: 01 August 2014
... their local moral universe. These negotiations are an instance when the legitimacy of the local government comes under scrutiny and tensions among villagers as well as between villagers and the local state come to the fore. Copyright 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 Grassroots Perspectives...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... photographs to moving film images, and the nature of film adaptations and their literary source texts? This film offers an extreme-limit case that brings to the fore the tensions between economic and generic demands on the one hand, and juridic, aesthetic, and auteurist imperatives, on the other...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 259–285.
Published: 01 May 2015
... him to discover deep flaws in the novel's capacity for mimesis. I agree, but not with their conclusions that he therefore abandoned the form. On the contrary, I suggest that it was the very power of the novel to hold competing conventions of representation in tension, and to work through the epistemic...
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positions (2019) 27 (3): 499–529.
Published: 01 August 2019
... the Japanese language of his novels by creating a tension between the main text and the fragments of Korean language embedded within. In this way, Kim carves out a space for the performance of a Korean identity that is ultimately only imaginary, and it is through this process that a potentially empowering...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 739–771.
Published: 01 November 2019
... ask how they can avoid a “nightmare” of frontier insecurity derailing dreams of international power. This article uses a postcolonial approach to critically analyze tensions between ethnic inclusion and exclusion in visual and textual narratives from a Xinjiang regional exhibition that celebrated...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 653–685.
Published: 01 November 2019
... through which one can explore how the historical and political significance of the Korean War and its ideological tensions have been consistently forged within postwar South Korean society, particularly for the last two decades. Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 DMZ (demilitarized zone...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 121–144.
Published: 01 February 2020
... enacted penetrating investigations into manifestations of resistance and tension between physical forms and objects. Replete with taut lines and trembling vibrations, her work scrutinizes the nature of her materials, their limitations, and relationships among different parts of an installation. By tracing...
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positions (2021) 29 (3): 551–579.
Published: 01 August 2021
...Sara L. Friedman; Yi-Chien Chen Abstract This article analyzes the tension between marriage and family rights in the context of Taiwan's marriage equality movement and the then-pending legalization of same-sex marriage following a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling. It focuses on the efforts...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 369–401.
Published: 01 May 2016
... and underscores the utopian character of such imagining in light of the still-dominant social expectation that after her youth, a woman will dedicate her energies to her family as much as or more than to herself. The uneasy coexistence of these competing frameworks marks a point of tension and negotiation between...
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positions (2010) 18 (2): 425–458.
Published: 01 May 2010
... and dilemmas about the proper ways to challenge it are framed by the tremendous transformations, often called neoliberalism, that have occurred in China over the last twenty-five years and by the recent mobilization of Chinese national and cultural identity that creates tensions for gay men about desire...
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positions (2017) 25 (3): 595–629.
Published: 01 August 2017
... within a global self-reflexive modernity. The two texts demonstrate risk's potential for arranging and rearranging the articulation of the particular in the general—a tension characterizing, for instance, the overall financialization of “life.” The difficult coarticulation of particular and general...
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positions (2017) 25 (4): 795–820.
Published: 01 November 2017
...-discriminatory citizenship laws are rooted in historical social and geopolitical tensions with India, especially nationalistic fears about Indian encroachment into Nepali territory and politics. This article argues that resurgent resistance to equitable citizenship laws does not simply reflect hegemonic Hindu...
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positions (1994) 2 (2): 356–381.
Published: 01 May 1994
... with rhetorics of tension, choice, dilemma, growth, conflict, and crisis.’ The East Asian field alone counts “the tension of cultural change,” “the tensions of intellec- tual choice,” “conservative alternatives in Republican China,” “modern...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 727–769.
Published: 01 August 2010
... particular to this form, which in writing narrativized and dramatized the still images. The tensions produced among these levels of identification, ideology, and repre- sentation both echoed and differed from the cinematic texts and serialized...