The Cultural “State” of Contemporary Taiwan

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The Cultural “State” of Contemporary Taiwan
Journal Issue Volume 17, Number 2 Published: 2009 An issue of positions
Special Issue Editor: Christopher Lupke
This special issue is devoted to exploring the highly contested cultural and political space that makes up contemporary Taiwan. Examining a range of topics—from social formations, institutions, and legal discourse to popular culture, literary creativity, and cinematic representation—contributors to “The Cultural ‘State’ of Contemporary Taiwan” define what it means to live in Taiwan.

The seven essays in this issue represent a broad spectrum of academic approaches that include sociology, anthropology, legal studies, film studies, literary studies, and cultural theory. One essay investigates Taiwanese who have relocated to Shanghai in search of a secure economic future. Another uses psychoanalysis to examine potentially fascist representations of Taiwan in Japanese manga. The third essay addresses the legal status of women in Taiwan in various marital situations and historical periods. The fourth discusses literary representations of the juancun, or soldiers’ villages, which were common enclaves for retired military personnel and their families. Also featured in this issue are explorations of literary portrayals of the aftermath of the February 28, 1947, massacre and resulting White Terror events, as well as a consideration of the philanthropy practiced by the massive Ciji corporation, which holds more power in the world than Taiwan’s recognized government. The final essay offers a careful study of the films of Cai Mingliang and Chen Guofu and focuses on the way that contemporary Taiwanese cinema handles questions of consumer society, urban alienation, and sexual and emotional relationships.

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1. Fractured Identities and Refracted Images: The Neither/Nor of National Imagination in Contemporary Taiwan—Christopher Lupke

2. Immanentism, Double Abjection, and the Politics of Psyche in (Post)Colonial Taiwan—Joyce C. H. Liu

3. Gendered Borders: The Historical Formation of Women's Nationality under Law in Taiwan—Chao-ju Chen

4. Gallery of Taiwan Artists—Chao-ju Chen

5. How Are Taiwanese Shanghaied?—Horng-luen Wang

6. Genealogies of NGO-ness: The Cultural Politics of a Global Buddhist Movement in Contemporary Taiwan—Julia Huang

7. Representation Crisis: History, Fiction, and Post - Martial Law Writers from the "Soldiers' Villages"—Peng Hsiao-yen

8. Engendering Victimhood: Women in Literature of Atrocity—Sylvia Li-chun Lin

9. Cinema of Disillusionment: Chen Guofu, Cai Mingliang, and Taiwan's Second New Wave—Hsiu-Chuang Deppman

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6708-6
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