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Between the Technique of Living an Endless Routine and the Madness of Absolute Degree Zero: Japanese Identity and the Crisis of Modernity in the 1990s

Between the Technique of Living an Endless Routine and the Madness of Absolute Degree Zero:... positions 8:2 © 2000 by Duke University Press positions 8:2 Fall 2000 these pronouncements, one can hear in the above passage another Eagleton who wants to find room in the aesthetic for an emancipatory potential and who feels sympathy for the “discourse of the body” as the excluded Other of Enlightenment Reason. Eagleton’s ambivalence about the utopian potential implied in “the aesthetic” is shared by many in our times who have witnessed this returning specter, the twentieth century’s obsessive desire to pursue and possess the body, self, and nation, that has resulted in a whirlwind of malaise and human misery. Yet this negative half of the Enlightenment has once again been pressed into service as a counterhegemonic site of resistance against Reason’s tyrannical control, gathering together all the inarticulate desires seeking to transcend modern dualism in a vision of utopic harmony. As the late twentieth century witnesses the forward movement of a modernity increasingly transforming itself into an ever oppressive inscription of technical rationalism into the empirical life sphere, the aesthetic has reemerged at the center stage of our intellectual and political life. It has been two decades since Jean-François Lyotard defined the postmodern as the coming age http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Between the Technique of Living an Endless Routine and the Madness of Absolute Degree Zero: Japanese Identity and the Crisis of Modernity in the 1990s

positions asia critique , Volume 8 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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positions 8:2 © 2000 by Duke University Press positions 8:2 Fall 2000 these pronouncements, one can hear in the above passage another Eagleton who wants to find room in the aesthetic for an emancipatory potential and who feels sympathy for the “discourse of the body” as the excluded Other of Enlightenment Reason. Eagleton’s ambivalence about the utopian potential implied in “the aesthetic” is shared by many in our times who have witnessed this returning specter, the twentieth century’s obsessive desire to pursue and possess the body, self, and nation, that has resulted in a whirlwind of malaise and human misery. Yet this negative half of the Enlightenment has once again been pressed into service as a counterhegemonic site of resistance against Reason’s tyrannical control, gathering together all the inarticulate desires seeking to transcend modern dualism in a vision of utopic harmony. As the late twentieth century witnesses the forward movement of a modernity increasingly transforming itself into an ever oppressive inscription of technical rationalism into the empirical life sphere, the aesthetic has reemerged at the center stage of our intellectual and political life. It has been two decades since Jean-François Lyotard defined the postmodern as the coming age

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Published: Sep 1, 2000

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