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positions (2015) 23 (1): 115–119.
Published: 01 February 2015
... that the image is not neutral; images have a malleable rhetorical force that defies reduction to a stable meaning. Copyright 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 Japan colonial imagery twentieth century East Asia Image/Text::Text/Image James L. Hevia The controversy over...
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positions (1996) 4 (3): 421–458.
Published: 01 August 1996
...Sheng-mei Ma Copyright © 1996 by Duke University Press 1996 Immigrant Subjectivities and Desires in Overseas Student Literature: Chinese, Postcolonial, or Minority Text? Sheng-mei Ma Immigrant literature’s peculiar absence as a category in U.S. academic dis...
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positions (1996) 4 (3): 595–636.
Published: 01 August 1996
...Carole Cavanaugh Copyright © 1996 by Duke University Press 1996 Text and Textile: Unweaving the Female Subiect in Heian Writing Carole Cavanaugh Attention to appearance, design, adornment, and color culminated in the tenth and eleventh...
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positions (1994) 2 (3): 570–602.
Published: 01 August 1994
...Andrew F. Jones Copyright © 1994 by Duke University Press 1994 The Violence of the Text: Reading Yu Hua and Shi Zhicun Andrew F. Jones From its very inception, modern Chinese fiction has been rife with depic- tions of mayhem, murder...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 695–725.
Published: 01 August 2010
... often hinged on an understanding of the affective power of still images versus moving ones and of images versus text. Central to the censor's charges of obscenity against both the still photos and the screenplay was the contention that they were actually moving images. The essay explores why the censors...
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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 (2019) 27 (4): 687–711.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Nick Admussen This essay theorizes the potential uses and limitations of describing a text as “viral.” Literary texts are often described as viral when they serve as tools of self-expression for those who reproduce them: viral texts must therefore delete or suppress qualities that mark them...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 607–636.
Published: 01 August 2013
... on the work. First, the concept of hysteria is used to describe the thematic use of symptoms in the novella, to theorize the modernist text itself as symptom, and finally to propose the hystericizing force of the text on the reader or critic. The article understands hysteria beyond individual etiology...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 825–844.
Published: 01 November 2019
... semibiographical writing, published in 1983, about this anarchist network, the translated text centers on the event of the death of Wu Zhihui—another famed anarchist intellectual—which had evoked much discussion and correspondence among intellectuals in the circle. The text particularly shows Huang and his fellow...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 869–904.
Published: 01 November 2020
... construction of the “tropics” as a space in opposition to European and North American temperate environments. Reading the material space of the massive eco-development Gardens by the Bay and a series of contemporary literary texts by Kevin Kwan, Sandi Tan, and Ng Yi-Sheng, the author argues that these texts...
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positions (2017) 25 (3): 595–629.
Published: 01 August 2017
...) and Chetan Bhagat's novel Two States: The Story of My Marriage (2009) form key texts in this analysis. These texts serve as good examples of a wide repertoire of high- and middlebrow experiments with affect and its aesthetic forms in a context of intensified transactions and seepages between public...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 389–429.
Published: 01 May 2017
.... The discussion in the text also illuminates a second idea—how complex is Japan's position toward the trauma of defeat and the specters of war, reflecting the complicated emotions experienced toward war memory and its representation in photographs, films, art, and other visual forms. The analysis of the two...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 241–265.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Angela Zito In autumn 2010, I reread the fifty-four issue-books of positions for its use of images. This essay demonstrates that where the image's gestures animate, supplement, and haunt the written text, we find the edge of our critical practice. Journals, like framed shots, have their limitations...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 637–658.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Jack W. Chen This essay examines the discursive constellation of the concepts of sovereignty, coinage, and kinship from the Warring States Period to the first empires of the Qin and Han dynasties. Drawing upon philosophical texts, including the Lunyu, Mengzi , and Guanzi , as well as historical...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of such politically and formally radical content strove to legitimize the film and, by implication, also its source text, as politically and aesthetically defensible in both legal and artistic circles. But because the film had to function in its generic context as well, as a studio-branded “porno,” I insist also...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 397–420.
Published: 01 May 2019
..., but it was also a medium through which programs and listeners found creative outlets to question state-produced truths. Against the popular belief that documentary texts are based on facts, and as sites for reproducing the real, most documentaries can be read as dramatizations working within the dramatic economy...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 421–445.
Published: 01 May 2020
... about his disabled son Hikari’s musical sensibility were more interesting for an ecological politics than what he repeated explicitly after the disaster? This article discusses the Hikari figure’s relation to music in two texts, both referenced by Ōe in his post–3.11 activism: a 1991 short story called...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 447–479.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Alex Cockain This article explores psychic experiences of air pollution and the ways these experiences have become narrated in various texts, especially but not exclusively those responding to one weekend in December 2013 when Shanghai purportedly experienced the highest levels of fine-particle...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 267–290.
Published: 01 May 2021
... practiced by the literati. It reached its height around the third century, signaled by a rise in literary texts that illustrate its musical features, elaborate its mechanism, and tell stories about whistlers. An analysis of two main texts on whistling, Rhapsody on Whistling (third century) and Principles...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 629–659.
Published: 01 August 2008
...Dean Brink This essay argues that Tawara Machi's poetry both sustains the intertextual bias of classical court poetry and uses it to incorporate some of the most ubiquitous texts of our age: advertising and other consumer discourse. Tawara's reinvention of contemporary tanka is based...