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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 102–124.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Tong King Lee Abstract This article ponders writing and art that leverage the written script in Sinitic contexts, specifically where Sinographs are fetishized for creative and/or critical purposes—that is to say, they are turned into a spectacle as well as a method. The article analyzes various...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 454–473.
Published: 01 September 2022
... that increasingly drifted away from its religious origins and became a public spectacle attended by people from different ethnicities. Together, these poems provide intricate and otherwise unavailable details of everyday life in late-colonial Java. They also reveal some of the anxieties faced by its Chinese...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 119–134.
Published: 01 December 2022
... them in his own inner self. —Paul Valéry Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever. Apprehended in a partial way, reality unfolds in a pseudo-world apart, solely as an object of contemplation. . . . The spectacle in its...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 298–319.
Published: 01 October 2019
... painted scrolls urban planning urban skyline This essay has its inception in my investigation of large urban screens in twenty-first-century China, their affinity with painted scrolls, and their use as a spectacle promoting the neoliberal vision of urban planners. Soon my research branched...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 285–288.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... These chapters highlight the genre's ambiguity and “in-betweenness” by considering utopia as visual spectacle. The delightful estrangement of a more perfect world captures the gazes of both protagonist and audience, but these spectacles prove fragile and empty, “repeatedly staged but never really explored” (132...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 260–263.
Published: 01 March 2022
... up through the One Hundred Flowers movement of 1956–57 that present an “alternative ‘spectacle of the present’ within the officially sanctioned, grand spectacle of national becoming” (143). Equally, however, Crespi urges his readers to take the oft-touted demise of manhua in the wake of the Anti...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 106–118.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... The mainstream cinema aligns itself with commercial enterprises in promoting the triumphant prospects of development, prosperity, and consumerism. Commercial films turn Chinese history into consumable spectacles and paint the current reality as nothing more than an endless stream of soaps, melodrama...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 170–187.
Published: 01 March 2021
...: Phone messages are one of the rare occasions [that the characters] can reveal their personal feelings. Whenever such a message reaches one of the protagonists, however, a flash animation transfers the cryptic emotional expression into cheerful and caricatured spectacle, as if all their emotions were...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 193–202.
Published: 01 March 2022
... in spaces like modern dance. To be sure, dancer-actresses of this era were also among the first to suggest that racialized sounds and smells could and should be represented visually through costuming and other forms of Orientalist spectacle—an idea that dancers like Ruth St. Denis highlighted through...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... forces that had shaped them in Beijing, Rey Chow concerns herself primarily with their portrayals in Western media, decrying its proclivity to turn turmoil and crises in distant lands into spectacles and likening television camera crews and reporters to imperialist foot soldiers. Zhang questions Chow's...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 456–478.
Published: 01 October 2021
... in dropping bombs on China. 全戲院的觀眾,歐洲人,緬甸人,印度人,以至中國人,竟連素來切齒帝國主義的我,也一致辟辟拍拍大拍起手來。而美帝國主義要把支那民族的「卑劣」和「野蠻」,「Telling the World」(這影片的劇名) 的勛業,也於此大告成功了。因為,我相信,世界上不了解中華民族的人們,得了這麼一個暗示之後,對於帝國主義在支那轟炸的「英雄舉動」,一定是要加以贊美的了。 2 Having described how an imperialist power weaponizes visual spectacle to rally favorable...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 225–247.
Published: 01 March 2023
... a spectacle by establishing the transgressive persona of the speaker in Yu's poetry. What is more sensational and eye-catching for a reader than encountering the word fuck on the first page of a book? The provocative translation of “fuck you” is able to instantiate an aesthetic effect of shock that subverts...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 304–309.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of spectatorship in Denis Diderot and Antonin Artaud, Lam turns to David Eggington's 2003 book, which traces theatricality's emergence to the fifteenth century and contrasts it with a medieval theater of “Real Presence.” Such a shift split actor from character and spectator from immersion in the spectacle...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 189–195.
Published: 01 December 2022
... . The Society of the Spectacle . New York : Zone Books , 1995 . Dickens, Peter . Social Darwinism: Linking Evolutionary Thought to Social Theory. Buckingham : Open University Press , 2000 . Dickens, Peter . Society and Nature . Cambridge : Polity , 2004 . Eagleton, Terry...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 28–45.
Published: 01 March 2022
... that drive the prosperity of the few and the false hopes of the many. The phantasmagorical city is dotted with examples of success, wealth, vanity, and power but is perpetually challenged by the dark specters of the past and present. The spectacle of Shanghai does not represent the mystification of allure...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2021
... surrounding familial ties intersected with the political imaginary before, during, and after the French Revolution. Insofar as the French king had been figured as a “father” and had been publicly executed in a grand spectacle, the question arose: what new social, affective, and political imaginaries would...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 35–54.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... To prove the nonexistence of Yu, a scholar uses a paste of breadcrumbs mixed with water and charcoal to write on the trees in minute tadpole-shaped characters. The esoteric, meticulous craftsmanship of writing, evocative of the scripts unreadable to Nü Wa, becomes an exhibit, a spectacle of modern cultural...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... space marvels, Liu has created a chronotope his peers can hardly emulate. But Liu's works are not only a fantastic spectacle but also an inquiry into the ethical terms of such a spectacle. I describe these discourses as dashuo 大說 (grand talks), as opposed to xiaoshuo 小説 (narrative fiction...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
... to the rapid crowding of changing images and the unexpectedness of onrushing impression. In a similar vein, the opening scene in Ziye shows that the old man suffers neurotic stress in his first encounter with the urban spectacles. His terrifying experience of Shanghai modernity has brought about a disturbing...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 1–15.
Published: 01 December 2022
... The concept offers an ecocritical lens in understanding how nature is reified into lifeless objects; how labor is alienated by commodity, consumption, and media spectacle; and how the laboring body is stripped of its corporeality and bonds with Earth by technoscientific fetishism. Alienation from nature...