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Making IconsRepetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964$
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Jennifer Coates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208999

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208999.001.0001

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Theorizing Excess and the Abject

Theorizing Excess and the Abject

(p.160) 6 Theorizing Excess and the Abject
Making Icons

Jennifer Coates

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter establishes a theoretical framework for chapter 7, which deals with characterizations and tropes that resist categorization. Using Art Historical theorizations of the abject, including the work of Hal Foster and Julia Kristeva, abject bodies and national identities are explored in the historical context of early post-war Japan. The impact of abject imagery on the spectator is hypothesized using Ella Shohat and Robert Stam’s account of the ‘schizophrenic spectator.’ Case studies include Teshigahara Hiroshi’s Woman of the Dunes (Suna no onna, 1964).

Keywords:   Abject, excess, identity, affect, spectator

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