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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
... the question of what area studies is today. Might it be that, intellectually if not institutionally, the critique of boundaries and celebration of heterogeneity is the only thing that still holds it together? Beyond Imperial Aesthetics denounces a division of labor between Asia and Europe...
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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 (S1): 181–187.
Published: 01 December 2022
... dream resonates with the myths of the goddess and ideas of substantial rationality imbued with aesthetic aura and ecological bonds with nature and the earth. This present work seeks to recover the utopian dream of the reconciliation of humans and nature. banwang@stanford.edu Copyright © 2022...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 119–134.
Published: 01 December 2022
... and furnishing building material, the brick testifies to a practice that combines labor and art and a biological rebirth associated with the fertility of the earth. The brick is not only useful but also aesthetically resonant. Working closely with the workers in the fields and workshops rather than from urban...
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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 (2022) 19 (S1): 17–34.
Published: 01 December 2022
... and natural roots. A government is judged by how well it works to meet the basic wants and needs of the population and to create the environment to increase pleasure and to avoid suffering. The comprehensive benevolence for all life forms brings up the issue of aesthetic experience. I use the aesthetic...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in the conflicted attempt to maintain a fragile equilibrium between humans and nature. While works of beauty result from human design, human beings, though not the sole makers, are the prime agents. On the ecological level, humans are one organism involved with all other organisms. However, on the aesthetic level...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 208–210.
Published: 01 March 2019
... investigation, aesthetic depiction, and political investment” (4) and highlights its “cultural salience and forms of intelligibility” (6) within modern China's revolutionary transformations. His study aptly captures the ambiguities, instabilities, and profound anxieties and disorientation that characterized...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 55–74.
Published: 01 December 2022
... harmed by human behaviors” ( Ecoambiguity , 49). 8 Kinkley, Odyssey of Shen Congwen . 9 D. D. Wang, Fictional Realism , 242. 10 Ibid. 11 Eagleton, Ideology of the Aesthetic , 13. 12 Thornber, Ecoambiguity , 32. 13 Clark, Literature and the Environment , 23...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 189–195.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang banwang@stanford.edu Copyright © 2022 Lingnan University 2022 Abrams, David . The Spell of the Sensuous . New York : Vintage Books , 1997 . Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press , 1997 . Anderson, Marston...