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positions (2007) 15 (3): 487–509.
Published: 01 August 2007
...Shu Kuge Copyright 2007 by Duke University Press 2007 Politics of Doodling: Tamura Toshiko’s “A Woman Writer” Shu Kuge In “A Woman Writer” (“Onna sakusha,” 1913), probably Tamura Toshiko’s best-known short story, it is odd that, despite the title...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 375–410.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Peng Hsiao-yen This article centers on Zhu Tianwen, Zhu Tianxin, and Zhang Dachun, writers who were born and brought up in the “solders' villages” and have cultivated a condition of marginality that allows them to position themselves as nonbelievers—those who question the truth of any totalizing...
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positions (2023) 31 (2): 333–355.
Published: 01 May 2023
... the working-class writing subject and fellow workers a sense of dignity and collective identity. Both the Picun writers and the migrant worker writers in general can be considered “unlikely writers.” The term captures their marginality in the cultural field, as well as the struggle to negotiate...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 947–985.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Sunyoung Park In the early 1930s, a new group of women writers with a leftist inclination emerged on the Korean literary scene. Some critics have questioned the feminist commitment of these writers, suggesting that their works may have subordinated the cause of women's liberation...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 177–205.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Lara C. W. Blanchard Cui Xiuwen (b. 1970) and Yu Hong (b. 1966) are contemporary Chinese artists whose images of women reflect a complicated gendered perspective. This article focuses on Cui’s Ladies’ Room (2000) and Yu’s Female Writer (2004, from the series She ). Both can be construed as feminist...
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positions (2017) 25 (3): 507–526.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Daniel McKay In 1926 a new shipping route was established between Durban and Osaka, on which Laurens van der Post and William Plomer, fresh from their collaboration as writers for the literary magazine Voorslag , embarked as privileged passengers. The opportunity to reside in Japan would exercise...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 287–316.
Published: 01 May 2015
... with a number of radical (often Christian) right-wing nationalists, taking a harshly anti-Soviet stance. In the world of literary imagination, however, the images of Russia and Russians offered by the writers of different ideological and political backgrounds were often converging. This essay shows...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 579–605.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Ben Tran This essay examines the cultural translation of the Western first-person grammatical category into Vietnamese literature during French colonial rule. In the 1930s, Vietnamese writers began to assimilate the first-person pronoun “ tôi ” into their writing. The prevalence of tôi suggests...
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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 (2021) 29 (1): 67–91.
Published: 01 February 2021
... and raised on Java in the Dutch East Indies and who spent more than thirty years there. This article argues that Dermoût is a key writer for understanding affective economies, because she devotes significant time and effort in her fiction to fleshing out Native characters, something that few writers of her...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 301–328.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Kyle Ikeda This article examines two early pieces of literary war fiction by Okinawa's leading contemporary writer, Medoruma Shun, that deal with two kinds of unarticulated memories of the Battle of Okinawa: memory constrained by social consequence and the inexpressible memory of trauma. Both...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 403–428.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Christopher Payne This article revolves around the contemporary Taiwanese writer Wuhe and the Taiwanese melodic black-metal band ChthoniC ( Shanling ) and their “political” use of the Wushe Incident that occurred in 1930 in colonial Taiwan. The event, which was brutally repressed by the Japanese...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 237–262.
Published: 01 February 2014
...King-Kok Cheung This essay takes issue both with scholars who consider Chinese allusions in Asian American literature as Orientalist and with critics who advocate wholesale reclamation of an Asian (heroic) tradition. It shows through a detailed analysis of two poems how Chinese American writers...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 517–540.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Yukiko Shigeto In 1934 Nakano Shigeharu (1902 – 79), a Marxist writer and key figure in the Japanese proletarian literature movement since the mid-1920s, renounced his ties with the Japan Communist Party by way of vowing not to participate in social movements, an act known in Japanese as tenkô...
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positions (2011) 19 (1): 109–131.
Published: 01 February 2011
... , 1973), the south Korean writer Ch'oe In-hun engaged in a sustained attempt to write a performative history that would unpack the multilayered coloniality informing the Cold War condition on the Korean peninsula: the intersection of statist authoritarianism and U.S. neocolonial developmentalism...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 450–482.
Published: 01 August 2018
...)-era policies made it possible for young Mizoguchi Kenji to make Japan’s first expressionist film, Blood and Soul ( Chi to rei , 1923). Blood and Soul is based on a novella by the half-Russian, half-Japanese writer Ōizumi Kokuseki. It tells the story of a Chinese jeweler in Nagasaki who inherits...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 341–362.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., and Arsenii Nesmelov, through their deterritorialized Chinese, Japanese, and Russian stories, demonstrates the range of indigenous and exiled writers in their diverse imagination of Manchukuo’s ambiguous sovereignty. Multiethnicity and Multilingualism in the Minor Literature of Manchukuo Yue Chen Introduction...
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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 (2009) 17 (1): 207–237.
Published: 01 February 2009
...Christian Uhl In 1944 the Japanese sinologist and cultural critic Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-77) published his seminal study, Rojin , on the life and work of the preeminent modern Chinese writer Lu Xun (1881-1936). In this book Takeuchi paints the portrait of a pugnacious man of letters, someone...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 411–434.
Published: 01 May 2009
... nation with burgeoning writings of a new historiography, particularly in the literary field. Writers have re-created scenes and the effects of atrocity in order to fill in the gaps in history as a new Taiwan is being written into existence. In this body of literature, women as victims have clearly been...