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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 170–187.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Calvin Hui Abstract This article focuses on contemporary Chinese film director Jia Zhangke 賈樟柯 (b. 1970–) and his engagement with what critical/cultural theorist Fredric Jameson (b. 1934- ) calls geopolitical aesthetics or cognitive mapping. Through the county-level city ( xiancheng 縣城) perspective...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 244–247.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Paola Iovene iovene@uchicago.edu Beyond Imperial Aesthetics: Theories of Art and Politics in East Asia . Edited by Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe . Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press , 2019 . 308 pp. Copyright © 2022 Lingnan University 2022 This inspiring...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2019
... an era of sonic agitation to an aesthetics based on visual perception and contemplation. This rereading of Bei Dao's canonical poem and other related texts goes back to the late 1970s, when the political implications of the human senses were firmly grasped and heatedly debated. The author shows...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of sin” ( zuigan wenxue 罪感文學), the author shows how religious ethics became a crucial medium for them to reflect on the theologico-political aspects of Chinese revolutionary culture. In particular, Li's cultures of pleasure were grounded in the May Fourth aesthetic discourse that highlighted...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Yingjin Zhang Abstract This article examines ways of seeing China in Isaac Julien's nine-screen film installation Ten Thousand Waves (2010), which represents a migratory aesthetic based on evocative translocality and mobile spectatorship. As Julien reconstructs the legend of compassionate Mazu...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... suicide of Guo Moruo and the Creation Society, (2) the failure of humanity, (3) the elimination of individuality and personality, (4) the reversal of the enlightenment subject, (5) the devastation of the world vision, and (6) the failure of aesthetic practice. Liu also shares his two struggles. The first...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... involved in the construction of a rising China who reflected on the existing cultural-literary paradigm dominated by Marxist ideology. After going into exile in the United States in 1989, he commenced his second life journey by retreating to a personal space while embracing an aesthetic of wandering. He...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
... are nothing but mind), bushi 佈施 (the bodhisattva ideal of sacrificial giving), and kong 空 (emptiness as boundless potentiality), greatly influenced Lu Xun's aesthetics. Ultimately, this article shows how revolution, the dominant mode of secularism, is theistically conditioned. The Buddhist notion of emptiness...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 114–137.
Published: 01 March 2021
... exemplary radio stories-turned-films, Niehai chihun 孽海痴魂 (A Devoted Soul; 1949) and Cimu lei 慈母淚 (A Mother's Tears; 1953), and scrutinizes their transmedial/transnational adaptation trajectories to shed light on intermedia aesthetic criticisms. This article describes how film technology reconstituted...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 343–365.
Published: 01 October 2021
... courage and aesthetic perfection in his vision of a wholesome China. Through his ethnically themed novellas and short stories, Shen is both heir to and questions the Confucian tradition of locating a civilizational “other” in the non-Sinitic/non-Han border regions. The article further reveals how Shen...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... it is often said to have high social significance but low aesthetic value. This convenient dyad is unsatisfying in that it simplifies the text's relation to reality—which is more highly charged for battlers poetry than for many other literary genres. Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 Xu Lizhi...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
... her mantle as the sifter and sorter of garbage. This missing human figure matters, in part because waste is always about people—and their absence from aesthetic space suggests that art is responding to a felt sense that personhood is coming under assault as basic life sureties fray. But this essay...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 255–259.
Published: 01 March 2022
... to the village” movement, chapter 5 studies socialist-era homecoming, which, in contrast to the homecoming examined in chapter 1, was “treated as a moral and ideological decision” (148). Here Zhang highlights the aesthetic strategies of socialist visual images and films, suggesting that we should see homecoming...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... with outer nature. Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 anthropocentrism nature beauty ecology sexuality References Abrams, David . The Spell of the Sensuous . New York : Vintage Books , 1997 . Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory . Minneapolis : University...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 208–210.
Published: 01 March 2019
... figured prominently as a new historical subject in modern China. Tie Xiao's work approaches the crowd ( qunzhong 群眾) as “a highly charged object of psychological investigation, aesthetic depiction, and political investment” (4) and highlights its “cultural salience and forms of intelligibility” (6...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 49–69.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., politics, and practices of gay and lesbian people and communities, whereas queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz famously theorized queerness not as an identity but as an active aesthetic force. Muñoz rearticulated queerness as “that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and Wishart , 1990 . Cai, Rong . The Subject in Crisis in Contemporary Chinese Literature . Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press , 2004 . Gao, Xingjian 高行健 . Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation , translated by Mabel Lee . Amherst, NY : Cambria , 2012 . Lee, Mabel , and Liu...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 203–206.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of the “snapshot” and the “novel of manners”; chapter 3, “The Aesthetic versus the Political: Lin Huiyin and the City,” takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Beijing School polymath Lin Huiyin 林徽因 (1904–1955), whose poetry and architectural writing, not to speak of her crucial role as literary salon hostess...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
... commitment to educating the public and consciousness-raising about air pollution. 23 Driven by a deep cultural force, or what Pierre Bourdieu calls a “habitus,” 15 that is governed by the irrational principle of the “aesthetic order,” smog life celebrates qi or wu while not unproblematically...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 203–214.
Published: 01 March 2022
... the ornamental woman, although subject to vertiginous transformation from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, has paradoxically remained an enduring figure whose surface is marked by what Cheng calls “supra flesh,” an exquisite aesthetic patina that is both admired and despised. Spanning...