The Chinese Perspective on Žižek and Žižek′s Perspective on China

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The Chinese Perspective on Žižek and Žižek′s Perspective on China
Journal Issue Pages: 188 Volume 19, Number 3 Published: Winter 2011 An issue of positions
Special Issue Editor(s): Tonglin Lu, Tonglin Lu
Noted political and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek and contemporary Chinese scholars share the challenge of reconciling barely compatible if not contradictory ideas. China’s radical assumption of both socialist and capitalist ideologies as well as its increasing economic and political prominence make it a crucial subject for theorizing about global modernity. This issue offers an interdisciplinary, international examination of how Žižek’s work has been received and interpreted by Chinese intellectuals and includes two essays on China by Žižek himself.

In “Revolutionary Terror” and “Three Notes on China: Past and Present,” Žižek combines Confucianism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxist political theory, Hegelian dialectics, and Kantian ethics with opera, literature, cinema, popular culture, and off-color jokes to critique both “really existing socialism and really existing capitalism” in historical and contemporary China. Responding to Žižek, one contributor considers China from the perspective of the Chinese intellectual who is simultaneously inspired by China’s rapid changes and anxious about the growing commodification of ideas and interference by state censorship. Others apply Žižek’s theories to Christianity in China; to the relationship among mainland China, Taiwan, and the Japanese colonial past; and to the continuing political value of Marxist ideology in what is, increasingly, a de facto capitalist state. In the interplay of Eastern and Western perspectives, this issue seeks to open new dialogues on the rich theoretical promise of China’s global dynamism and inner tensions.

Tonglin Lu is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal.

Contributors: Kang Liu, Kwai-Cheung Lo, Tonglin Lu, Yang Huilin, Zhang Yiwu, Slavoj Žižek


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Guest Editor's Introduction–Tonglin Lu

Poeticizing Revolution: Žižek's Misreading of Mao and China– Liu Kang

Reply: What to Do When Evil Is Dancing on the Ruins of Evil–Slavoj Žižek

Revolutionary Terror from Robespierre to Mao–Slavoj Žižek

Three Notes on China: Past and Present– Slavoj Žižek

Žižek's China, China's Žižek–Zhang Yiwu

Sinicizing Žižek? The Ideology of Inherent Self-Negation in Contemporary China–Kwai-Cheung Lo

A Cinematic Parallax View: Taiwanese Identity and the Japanese Colonial Past–Tonglin Lu

To Reverse Our Premise with the Perverse Core: A Response to Žižek's “Theology” in Chinese Context–Yang Huilin

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6760-4