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Body, Subject, and Power in China

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ISBN-10: 0226987272

ISBN-13: 9780226987279

Edition: 1994

Authors: Angela Zito, Tani E. Barlow

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For the first time, this volume brings to the study of China the theoretical concerns and methods of contemporary critical cultural studies. Written by historians, art historians, anthropologists, and literary critics who came of age after the People's Republic resumed scholarly ties with the United States, these essays yield valuable new insights not only for China studies but also, by extension, for non-Asian cultural criticism. Contributors investigate problems of bodiliness, engendered subjectivities, and discourses of power through a variety of sources that include written texts, paintings, buildings, interviews, and observations. Taken together, the essays show that bodies in China have been classified, represented, discussed, ritualized, gendered, and eroticized in ways as rich and multiple as those described in critical histories of the West. Silk robes, rocks, winds, gestures of bowing, yin yang hierarchies, and cross-dressing have helped create experiences of the body specific to Chinese historical life. By pointing to multiple examples of reimagining subjectivity and renegotiating power, the essays encourage scholars to avoid making broad generalizations about China and to rethink traditional notions of power, subject, and bodiliness in light of actual Chinese practices. Body, Subject, and Power in China is at once an example of the changing face of China studies and a work of importance to the entire discipline of cultural studies.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/16/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Angela Zito is associate professor of anthropology and religious studies, director of the Religious Studies Program, and co-director of the Center for Religion and Media, all the New York University.

Introduction: Body, Subject, and Power in China
The Imagination of Winds and the Development of the Chinese Conception of the Body
The Body Invisible in Chinese Art?
Multiplicity, Point of View, and Responsibility in Traditional Chinese Healing
Silk and Skin: Significant Boundaries
The Politicized Body
The Female Body and Nationalist Discourse: Manchuria in
Sovereignty and Subject: Constituting Relationships of Power in Qing Guest Ritual
(Re)inventing Li: Koutou and Subjectification in Rural
The Classic "Beauty-Scholar" Romance and the Superiority of the Talented Woman
Theorizing Woman
Glossary of Chinese Characters
List of Contributors