Shanzhai: Volume 8 (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
104
Utgivningsdatum
2017-10-06
Förlag
MIT Press
Översättare
Philippa Hurd
Originalspråk
German
Illustratör/Fotograf
25 col, 3 b&w illus
Illustrationer
25 color illus., 3 b&w illus.; 28 Illustrations, unspecified
Volymtitel
Volume 8
Dimensioner
180 x 114 x 5 mm
Vikt
91 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
,
ISBN
9780262534369
Shanzhai: Volume 8 (häftad)

Shanzhai: Volume 8

Deconstruction in Chinese

Häftad Engelska, 2017-10-06
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Tracing the thread of "decreation" in Chinese thought, from constantly changing classical masterpieces to fake cell phones that are better than the original. Shanzhai is a Chinese neologism that means "fake," originally coined to describe knock-off cell phones marketed under such names as Nokir and Samsing. These cell phones were not crude forgeries but multifunctional, stylish, and as good as or better than the originals. Shanzhai has since spread into other parts of Chinese life, with shanzhai books, shanzhai politicians, shanzhai stars. There is a shanzhai Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Porcelain Doll, in which Harry takes on his nemesis Yandomort. In the West, this would be seen as piracy, or even desecration, but in Chinese culture, originals are continually transformed-deconstructed. In this volume in the Untimely Meditations series, Byung-Chul Han traces the thread of deconstruction, or "decreation," in Chinese thought, from ancient masterpieces that invite inscription and transcription to Maoism-"a kind a shanzhai Marxism," Han writes. Han discusses the Chinese concepts of quan, or law, which literally means the weight that slides back and forth on a scale, radically different from Western notions of absoluteness; zhen ji, or original, determined not by an act of creation but by unending process; xian zhan, or seals of leisure, affixed by collectors and part of the picture's composition; fuzhi, or copy, a replica of equal value to the original; and shanzhai. The Far East, Han writes, is not familiar with such "pre-deconstructive" factors as original or identity. Far Eastern thought begins with deconstruction.
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Byung-Chul Han, born in Seoul, is Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin (UdK). One of the most widely read philosophers in Europe, he is the author of more than twenty books, includingincluding four previous volumes in the MIT Press Untimely Meditations series, In the Swarm: Digital Prospects, The Agony of Eros, Shanzhai: Deconstruction in Chinese, and Topology of Violence.