This book examines East Asian culture through an interdisciplinary, crosscultural lens. Readings of film, television, and visual and literary texts reveal the historical condition as well as the contemporary impulses driving East Asian culture today.
Introduction 1. General Nogi's Wife: Representations of Women in Narratives of Japanese Modernization 2. Against Metaphor: Gender, Violence, and Decolonization in Korean Nationalist Literature 3. Writing Erratic Desire: Sexual Politics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction 4. Two Murakamis and Marcel Proust: Memory as Form in Contemporary Japanese Fiction 5. The Fractured Cinema of North Korea: The Discourse of the Nation in Sea of Blood 6. New Urban Culture and the Anxiety of Everyday Life in Contemporary China 7. Image, Information, Commodity: A Few Speculations on Japanese Televisual Culture 8. Cinema and the Public Sphere: The Films of Oshima Nagisa 9. Sexual DisOrientations: Homosexual Rights, East Asian Films, and Postmodern Postnationalism 10. Looking Backward in the Age of Global Capital: Thoughts on History in Third World Cultural Criticism