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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 129–133.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Anna McCarthy Social Text 's engagement with mass culture, and particularly film, began as a way of rethinking the binaries structuring Marxist cultural criticism. The terms shifted over the years, partly in response to political developments such as the culture wars of the 1990s and partly...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (3 (104)): 119–150.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Adrián Pérez Melgosa This essay researches the complex role that films portraying Anglo-Latin romances have played in the construction, dissemination, and reconstruction of Latin Americanism—the set of discourses representing and theorizing Latin America from local, U.S., and European...
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Social Text (2000) 18 (1 (62)): 135–141.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Paula Rabinowitz 6. rabinowitz 2/11/00 10:49 AM Page 135 What Film Noir Can Teach Us about “Welfare as We Know It” In 1996, when President Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it,” Paula Rabinowitz he indulged in his now...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 57–83.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Burlin Barr This essay offers a close reading of the Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty's film Hyenas and looks especially at the way the film addresses issues of development and dependency in postcolonial and contemporary Africa. Released in 1992, Hyenas is an adaptation of the Swiss writer...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (3 (108)): 51–72.
Published: 01 September 2011
... corresponding figure, homo sacer , or sacred man. It does so through a discussion of Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 film Children of Men , looking at how the film's story line—an infertile world in which one refugee, Kee, is found to be pregnant—links pregnancy to political systems that regulate who gets counted...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 49–70.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Carla Marcantonio Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In is a film whose glossy surface belies its investment in history—cinema’s history, Spain’s history, transnational history. It tracks a correspondence among cinema, transsexuality, and medium specificity through the trope of transgenesis: skin...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 81–105.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Eric Hayot This essay argues that the work of Chinese film director Jia Zhangke constitutes an important commentary on the relationship between globalization, humanness, and China. It begins with a discussion of Jia's relationship to international art-house and documentary realism, focusing...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (3 (132)): 41–70.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Akshaya Kumar Beginning with the mid-1990s when a visual opulence saturated in color and light appeared on the Hindi film screen, a battle between visuality and performativity ensued so as to regulate the star-body while retaining its ability to withstand different orders of investable capital...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (1 (130)): 101–121.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Angela Garcia Based on ethnographic research and critical reflection on Carlos Reygadas’s film Post Tenebras Lux , this article explores the texture and temporality of crisis and endurance in Mexico. Specifically, it traces the transformation of one of Mexico City’s ubiquitous anexos (annexes...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 45–70.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Sulgi Lie This article juxtaposes two 2011 Hollywood films— Shame , directed by Steve McQueen, and Drive , directed by Nicolas Winding Refn—that in their mutations of narrative time and cinematic montage demonstrate the ongoing salience of Fredric Jameson’s Marxist analysis of postmodern culture...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 65–89.
Published: 01 December 2010
... aesthetics”—an analytic that informs a wide range of contemporary theory, fiction, film, and new media, and that is a necessary corollary to an era in which interconnection has become a dominant architectural mode, a multivalent metaphor, and even a weapon. A reading of several post–9/11 texts, including...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 129–150.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Dai Jinhua This article reads a Chinese blockbuster film, City of Life and Death ([南京! 南京! Nanjing! Nanjing! ] dir. Lu Chuan, 2009), as an allegory of China and the human for contemporary China. This movie illustrates the historical entanglement...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 103–121.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Matthew J. Christensen Of the rich array of popular genre forms that fill book and video shops across the African continent, few engage as complexly as crime novels and films the profound crises of selfhood, sovereignty, and collective obligation wrought by the neoliberal formations of governance...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 123–143.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Gillian Harkins In this article, Gillian Harkins explores how the noir genre informs 1990s and 2000s films depicting pedophiles as predators indiscernible to the naked eye. Harkins provides an overview of how the “virtual pedophile” emerges through a combination of filmic and forensic forms before...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (4 (117)): 25–47.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of the Brutalist structures erected under the Marcos dictatorship into sites of transgender performance. More specifically, it examines the conversion of the Manila Film Center (1981)—a long-abandoned structure rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of entombed construction workers—into the host site for the Amazing...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Catherine Fung This article cross-reads the 2005 trial of Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong American man who was convicted of murdering six Caucasian hunters in Wisconsin, with the 2008 film Gran Torino , a story of a Korean War veteran who mentors a Hmong American teenager. An examination of the trial...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (3 (136)): 71–91.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Adriana Michele Campos Johnson Drawing on the recent infrastructural turn in the social sciences, this article proposes that we understand visuality in terms of infrastructure. In this context, a distinction can be posed between films of thick visuality and others of thin visuality. While...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (1 (110)): 91–108.
Published: 01 March 2012
... hysterical symptoms, their relation to what produced them may seem arbitrary and obscure. Yet it is the inchoate and incomplete articulations of these figures of the human in new Chinese artworks (paintings, installations, films, performances, and so on) that will challenge, extend, and throw into doubt...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 123–131.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of rape of 1971 has remained in the Bangladeshi public memory through the last forty years. It has been a topic of literary and visual media (films, plays, photographs), thereby ensuring that the raped woman endured as an iconic figure. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who is primarily associated...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 127–141.
Published: 01 December 2012
... and others that is so often yet another film, unraveling in a world that is already cinema, the kind of world in which we keep finding ourselves. © 2012 Duke University Press 2012 Imagination Cinematic, Anthropological Anand Pandian “You are always a possible you.” — Italo Calvino...