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EAS209H1F Notes for Nov. 16, 2010

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University of Toronto St. George
East Asian Studies
Eric Cazdyn

EAS209 2010-11-16 Next week two guest speakers o Janet Poole and Atsuko Sakaki Read short stories next week N Introduction Kawashima recommended o Next week 1 page response o Quiz J in two weeks today ~ next week Problems of Geography, space, and subjectivity o Human Subjectivity question isn[t Zwho am I[ but Zwhat is an [ What might have ZI[ been in pre-modern period? Smaller temporal shifts J is ZI[ this morning same as ZI[ in the afternoon? Is this ZI[ stable from one geographical location to another geographical location Zbody[ Where does body begin and end? - Begin with a clip Butler piece Miyoshi Chow o Butler >> by questioning the ZI[; o Miyoshi >> shutaisei = subjectivity? Identity? Independence? The central debate in immediate post war Japan N Labour-political issues N Literary issues End of essay J provocative argument on limits of shutaisei debate o Ray Chow >> problem of ZChinese-ness[ What happens when we modify everything with certain understanding of ZChinese-ness[? Clip o Put into perspective of more abstract conversation on subjectivity o A classic, bank-robbery movie o Sabu, Drive Scene of kidnapping Starts at a Fancy French restaurant Series of incidents o Two Parts st 1 N impossible escape, the only thing that could save them is an impossible event individual events lead to the opening of door for their way out N Everyday life non-coincidental, unspectacular N Thousands of non-coincidences happen in everyday life, but some kind of obsession over coincidence exists N For a change to occur, there needs to be a radical, connection of impossible events to happen
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