9780822347439

Lost in Translation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780822347439

  • ISBN10:

    0822347431

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-19
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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In a nuanced exploration of how Western cinema has represented East Asia as a space of radical indecipherability, Homay King traces the long-standing association of the Orient with the enigmatic. The fantasy of an inscrutable East, she argues, is not merely a side note to film history, but rather a kernel of otherness that has shaped Hollywood cinema at its core. Through close readings ofThe Lady from Shanghai,Chinatown,Blade Runner,Lost in Translation, and other films, she develops a theory of the "Shanghai gesture," a trope whereby orientalist curios and deacute;cor become saturated with mystery. These objects and signs come to bear the burden of explanation for riddles that escape the Western protagonist or cannot be otherwise resolved by the plot. Turning to visual texts from outside Hollywood which actively grapple with the association of the East and the unintelligible-such as Michelangelo Antonionirs"sChung Kuo: Cina, Wim Wendersrs"sNotebook on Cities and Clothes, and Sophie Callers"sExquisite Pain-King suggests alternatives to the paranoid logic of the Shanghai gesture. She argues for the development of a process of cultural "de-translation" aimed at both untangling the psychic enigmas prompting the initial desire to separate the familiar from the foreign, and heightening attentiveness to the internal alterities underlying Western subjectivity.

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