Postcolonial Cinema in an Era of Global Capitalism
Situated astride Malaysian and global film culture, the late director Yasmin Ahmad’s fresh model of postcolonial poetics is both a departure from traditional hybridity tropes and an indicator of the nation’s postcolonial-global duality. Set in globalized social and cultural milieus, Ahmad stages interethnic squabbles between speakers of different languages. First, using imperfect or absent subtitles, Ahmad steers attention away from dialogue’s linguistic meaning, toward the purely acoustic pleasures of dueling cultural phonemes or prosody – what language simply sounds like. The soundscape harbors an aesthetic that transcends the hybridity paradigm associated with postcolonial culture. Ahmad’s second predilection, for highlighting characters who speak ethnically incongruent languages, does not require audience comprehension either. It offers a cinematic experience that is thoroughly aural, spatially marginalized, and yet seductively immersive. Through French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’sListening, and his eponymous writing vis-à-vis globalization, we find that the films evoke a phenomenology that speaks to Malaysia’s geopolitical “sense of the world.”
Got “Green”? Social Media and Corporate Environmentalism’s War on the Public
Mark writes,"My study shows that microblogging often contradicts the longstanding belief that the Internet allows for greater public participation in important issues. Through an analysis of Twitter dialogue regarding global warming between ExxonMobil and Greenpeace USA, I provide a new way to read between the lines of corporate jargon and traditional public relations strategies. In so doing, I reveal a problem that potentially encompasses many issues and publics beyond environmentalism. Namely, although there are specific cases of microblogging in which the public benefits to some extent, those gains are either very short-lived or are more likely to exist in theory rather than practice. This is due to the fluid nature of microblogging as well as continued organizational missteps which I call ‘corporate e-jacking.’ That is, organizations coordinate their rhetorical themes and strategies to support each other, while making it appear that the public controls the conversation in particular and microblogging in general. Ultimately, the public loses, but doesn’t even realize it...until now."
Dynamic Transformations: Celebrity, Masculinity & Hemingway.
Special Film Screening: PAPA (Work in Progress)
Post-Colonialism and Post-Communism: A Rapprochement of Discourse Practices in Eastern Europe
This paper is on research for an accepted MLA Presidential Panel paper, to be presented in Vancouver at the MLA Annual Convention in Jan. 2015.
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Slouching Toward Doomsday: Exploring Negotiated Gender Roles in Modern Survivalist Themes within Reality TV's "Dual Survival"
A recent proliferation of survivalist-themed reality TV shows reflects the growing presence of exaggerated “macho” masculinity performance. A more surprising development within this frame is the feminized identity performance of otherwise “macho” men assuming subject positions that signify more traditional female roles (as caregiver, as homemaker, e.g.). Within this predominantly male space, feminized identity performance re-balances power and provides a platform for championing particular types of masculinity. Such performances simultaneously reflect highly traditional gender roles even as they challenge and refine them. In this paper, I explore the interactions between the two men in Dual Survival and the way the show constructs, challenges and problematizes gender identity. Hence, this paper asks a highly exploratory question: when, and to what ends, is a “man” also a “woman?”
Faculty and Graduate Colloquia are currently being organized for Spring 2015. If you'd like to present your research on this forum, please contact Joey Bargsten .