Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific / Edition 1

Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific / Edition 1

by Shu-mei Shih
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520224515

ISBN-13: 9780520224513

Pub. Date: 06/19/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

Shu-mei Shih inaugurates the field of Sinophone studies in this vanguard excursion into sophisticated cultural criticism situated at the intersections of Chinese studies, Asian American studies, diaspora studies, and transnational studies. Arguing that the visual has become the primary means of mediating identities under global capitalism, Shih examines the

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Shu-mei Shih inaugurates the field of Sinophone studies in this vanguard excursion into sophisticated cultural criticism situated at the intersections of Chinese studies, Asian American studies, diaspora studies, and transnational studies. Arguing that the visual has become the primary means of mediating identities under global capitalism, Shih examines the production and circulation of images across what she terms the "Sinophone Pacific," which comprises Sinitic-language speaking communities such as the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese America. This groundbreaking work argues that the dispersal of the so-called Chinese peoples across the world needs to be reconceptualized in terms of vibrant or vanishing communities of Sinitic-language cultures rather than of ethnicity and nationality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224513
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/19/2007
Series:
Asia Pacific Modern Series
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
About Romanization     xiii
Introduction     1
Visuality in Global Capitalism     8
Identity in Global Capitalism     16
Sinophone Articulations     23
Globalization and Minoritization     40
The Limits of a Coup d'Etat in Theory     42
Flexibility and Nodal Points     47
Flexibility and Translatability     59
A Feminist Transnationality     62
Feminist Antagonism against Chinese Patriarchy     67
Liberal Antagonism against the Maoist State     71
Antagonism of a Minority Subject     77
Antagonism against the Western Gaze     79
The Geopolitics of Desire     86
Beleaguered Communities     90
Sexualizing the "Mainland Sister"     94
Feminizing the "Mainland Cousin"     103
Gender and Public Sphere     114
The Incredible Heaviness of Ambiguity     117
A Short History of the "Mainland"     124
"Eternal China" in the 1990s     129
The "Intimate Enemy" in the Twenty-First Century     135
Struggles of the Sinophone     137
AfterNational Allegory     140
The Allegorical Time and the City-cum-Nation     144
The Allegorical and the Mundane     150
Refashioning Hongkongness     157
Cosmopolitanism among Empires     165
The Age of Empires and, Especially, Their Sizes     166
Cosmopolitanism, Multiplicity, Danger     170
Untranslatable Ethics     175
Can Cosmopolitanism Be Ethical?     180
Conclusion.: The Time and Place of the Sinophone     183
Notes     193
Selected Bibliography     219
Index     231

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