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  1. Fantasy of Empire : Ri Koran, Subject Positioning and the Cinematic Construction of Space

    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Hochschulschriften>>
    UrheberNagayama, Chikako
    Verleger University of Toronto
    Umfang 175 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmgeschichtsschreibung; Filmanalyse; Regisseur
    Freie Schlagworte FW Ri Koran
    Beschreibung "This thesis emerged from my emotional, tactile, and intellectual access to the actress, Yamaguchi Yoshiko (a.k.a. Ri Koran or Li Xianglan), who embodied the cultural hybridity of Manchuria and represented a ‘modern girl’ on screen. I analyze four wartime melodrama-adventure films, in which she co-starred with Japanese actors: Song of the White Orchid (Byakuran no uta, 1939), China Nights (Shina no Yoru, 1940), Vow in the Desert (Nessa no chikai, 1940), and Suzhou Nights (Soshu no yoru, 1941). The formation of domesticity played an integral part in the making of modern nationstates. Intertexualizing with the discursive formation of the ie (house/family) between the mid 19th and mid 20th centuries, I first demonstrate that Japanese film subjects are made to embody the imagined Imperial nation through gendered performances in Song of the White Orchid. The interior and exterior are constructed to mirror the notion of imperial nation and the Asian ‘other’. Next, I extend the analytical framework to the three films, China Nights, Vow in the Desert, and Suzhou Nights, which employ films’ specific locations for different operations of gendered and ethnicized positioning. I also pay attention to some of the climaxes, which unconventionally present psychological dramas outdoors and action scenes indoors. Especially, my interest in this part of analysis is in interrelating metaphors of bodily boundary and national border. As delineating the signification of body and nation, I situate the relay of the gaze in the simultaneous blurring of bodily boundary and national communities that coincides with melodramatic highlights located outdoors.
    In order to shape a Japanese imperial subject, the films symbolically negotiate with three levels of power dynamics: the establishment of a national identity, the mimicry of the West, and the significance of China in Japanese imperial modernity. The delineation of cinematic space and subject positioning in Ri Koran’s films reveals that Chinese, Japanese and the West are constituted as shifting positions that respectively represent past/obstructions, present/a mobile agency, and future/the envisioned goal. Ri Koran attracts spectators’ gaze and mediates multiple locations to identify with, while Japanese male protagonists embody the gaze by making his corporeality absent." (Information des Anbieters)
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturINTRODUCTION: Border-crossing and the Fantasy of Empire; CHAPTER ONE: Ri Koran and her Melodramatic Features; CHAPTER TWO: Epistemology and Methodology: A strange spectator’s conversation with the past through a reflexisive examination of films; CHAPTER THREE: The Flux of Domesticity and the Exotic in Song of the White Orchid; CHAPTER FOUR: Dreams of Common Space and the Melodramatic Excess: China Nights, Vow in the Desert, and Suzhou Nights; CHAPTER FIVE: Concluding Remarks; REFERENCES
    Themen FWFilm>>Biographie, Filmgeschichte; Film>>Inszenierung und Regie
    RVK FWAP 44963; AP 51005-AP 51400
    DDC FWPhilosophie, Theorie, Ästhetik; Historische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung; Personen
    geographischer BezugAsien Orient Ferner Osten>>Japan>>
    zeitlicher Bezug20. Jahrhundert, 1900 – 1999>>1940 - 1949>>