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Impacts of Modernities (Traces: a Multilingualseries of Cultural Theory and Translation) [Paperback]

By Thomas Lamarre (Editor) & Kang Nae-Hui (Editor)
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Impacts of Modernities, the third volume of the Traces series, explores the problem of modernity, with an emphasis on the impact of Western modernity on East Asia. While the essays generally acknowledge modernity as a problem or even failure, in order to challenge modernization and modernization theory, the volume presents a number of different approaches to, and evaluations of, modernity in historical and contemporary frameworks. One group of essays looks at the complex relations between modernity and production of space, place and identity. Contributors consider the spatializing tendencies of modernity, looking at how resistance to modernization has tended to rely on the production of national and local identities, which may serve to reproduce and reinforce the logic of modernization in new registers. Of particular importance is the legacy of comparativism in our contemporary disciplines. Other essays explore the historically specific relations that arise between nation, empire and representation. Contributors reconsider the alleged particularity of national languages and scripts, asking whether the insistence on the particular does not already entail an access to the universal and thus maybe to empire. Still other essays question whether the prime characteristics of modern power - subjection and sovereignty - continue to define power relations within the contemporary world order. To what extent is it now possible to think power formations and resistance beyond the modern, otherwise than modernity?

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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   436
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9622096468  
ISBN13  9789622096462  

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Some excellent essays here  Nov 25, 2005
This is an important volume, if somewhat uneven. While I have to say that I found a couple of the essays here disappointing, others are excellent - quite wide-ranging and well-worth buying the book. Highlights are Harry Harootunian's essay (a critical appraisal of Benedict Anderson's recent book The Spectre of Comparisons), as well as that of Law Wing Sang (on Derrida, Chuang Tzu and the possibility of comparitive philosophy) which are solid works on the question of comparison. Jon Solomon's reading of the position of Taiwan in the context of US-China relations, and through the lens of Agamben and biopolitics is hands down one of the most interesting pieces I've come across on the question of Taiwan and sovereignty. Michael Goddard's reading of Gilles Deleuze's work on the fold (in his Foucault book as well as the book on Leibniz and the Baroque) in relation to cinema is one of the better works on Deleuze and cinema (partly because it goes beyond the cliches of the time-image and such that seem endemic to work inspired by the cinema books), and is really helpful in elucidating Deleuze's concept of the fold and its development. "Ritual Matters," a collaborative piece between Thomas Lamarre and Kenneth Dean is a great (if- because unusual) theoretical-ethnographic reading of Chinese ritual. Finally, I found the introduction to the volume by Lamarre very helpful in thinking about the problematic of modernity. I'd recommend picking this volume up for the essays I've just mentioned (though the other essays may be of interest too, though I can't vouch for them). I'd also keep my eyes out for further publications in the Traces series, whose project of bringing together theoretical essays from academics located in North American and Asia is a great one.

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