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Huang Jianxin's Cuowei and/as Aesthetic Cognition

Huang Jianxin's Cuowei and/as Aesthetic Cognition This essay will take as its starting point the general thesis that the work of art represents an originary way of experiencing the world, an artist’s struggle to create a form appropriate to the demands of his or her experience. In keeping with this general principle, I will engage Huang Jianxin’s positions 7:2 0 1999by Duke University Press. positions 7:2 Fall 1999 (1987)in a close reading, to induce the various methods through which the film stages subjectivity-at the conscious and especially the unconscious levels-as a series of interrelated conflicts that are intimately linked to the larger sociocultural forces of the moment. This reading demonstrates that an artistic form may embody the complexities of experience in ways that augment, anticipate, or even exceed the theoretical terms or constructs we habitually resort to when confronted with the task of interpretation. Consequently, it should be one of our duties as critics, comparativists, or skeptics of culture, to always remain open to the possibility of theory’s inadequacy in the face of art.’ I a m not speaking of sacrificing the possibility of interpretation on the (impossible) altar of pure aesthetics. Nor is this seemingly precarious situating of my methodological approach an abandonment http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Huang Jianxin's Cuowei and/as Aesthetic Cognition

positions asia critique , Volume 7 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1999 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-7-2-421
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Abstract

This essay will take as its starting point the general thesis that the work of art represents an originary way of experiencing the world, an artist’s struggle to create a form appropriate to the demands of his or her experience. In keeping with this general principle, I will engage Huang Jianxin’s positions 7:2 0 1999by Duke University Press. positions 7:2 Fall 1999 (1987)in a close reading, to induce the various methods through which the film stages subjectivity-at the conscious and especially the unconscious levels-as a series of interrelated conflicts that are intimately linked to the larger sociocultural forces of the moment. This reading demonstrates that an artistic form may embody the complexities of experience in ways that augment, anticipate, or even exceed the theoretical terms or constructs we habitually resort to when confronted with the task of interpretation. Consequently, it should be one of our duties as critics, comparativists, or skeptics of culture, to always remain open to the possibility of theory’s inadequacy in the face of art.’ I a m not speaking of sacrificing the possibility of interpretation on the (impossible) altar of pure aesthetics. Nor is this seemingly precarious situating of my methodological approach an abandonment

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Published: Sep 1, 1999

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