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Beyond Imperial Aesthetics: Theories of Art and Politics in East Asia

Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe


Observing that the division between theory and empiricism remains inextricably linked to imperial modernity, manifest at the most basic level in the binary between "the West" and "Asia," the authors of this volume reexamine art and aesthetics to challenge these oppositions in order to reconceptualize politics and knowledge production in East Asia. Current understandings of fundamental ideas like race, nation, colonizer and the colonized, and the concept of Asia in the region are seeped with imperial aesthetics that originated from competing imperialisms operating in the twentieth and twenty-fi ... More

Keywords: Area Studies, Aesthetics, Art, Postcolonial Studies, Film Studies, Affect, Biopolitics, Neoliberalism, Nationalism

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888455874
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mayumo Inoue, editor
Hitotsubashi University

Steve Choe, editor
San Francisco State University

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Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe

I. Beyond Boundaries: Theorizing Aesthetics in East Asia since 1945

II. Politics of the Sensuous: Love, Bodies, and Sexuality in East Asia

4 Male Sexuality in the Colony

Ikuo Shinjo (Translated by Daryl Maude)

III. Disjunctive Alignments: Critical Aesthetics and Social Movements in East Asia

7 On the Form’s Edge

Mayumo Inoue

IV. Beyond Neoliberal Borders: From Biopolitical Spaces to an Affective Community

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