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The Ambiguous Allure of the WestTraces of the Colonial in Thailand$
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Rachel V. Harrison and Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622091214

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.001.0001

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Blissfully Whose? Jungle Pleasures, Ultra-modernist Cinema and the Cosmopolitan Thai Auteur

Blissfully Whose? Jungle Pleasures, Ultra-modernist Cinema and the Cosmopolitan Thai Auteur

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The Ambiguous Allure of the West
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May Adadol Ingawanij

Richard Lowell MacDonald

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.003.0006

This chapter examines Apichatpong Weerasethakul's trajectory as an alternative filmmaker as a mode of cosmopolitanism exercized through education. Apichatpong's identity as a filmmaker is premised on the self-conscious marginality of his practice within Thailand and its appreciation by institutions of transnational art and avant-garde cinephilia in North America and, to a lesser extent, Europe. His mode of cultural practice constitutes a kind of contact zone with the West that is particularly dependent on transnational cinephilia for its visibility and perpetuation. The chapter explores how this encounter structures the attempt to articulate an alternative sphere of cultural production in Thailand, which desires to assert its autonomy from the domestic mass market.

Keywords:   Apitchatpong Weerasekul, cosmopolitanism, transnational art, cinephilia, North America, Europe, Thailand

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