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Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan's Imperialism, 1895-1945

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In this major reassessment of Japanese imperialism in Asia, Mark Driscoll foregrounds the role of human life and labor. Drawing on subaltern postcolonial studies and Marxism, he directs critical attention to the peripheries, where figures including Chinese coolies, Japanese pimps, trafficked Japanese women, and Korean tenant farmers supplied the vital energy that drove Jap ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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morning Os
He deals with many sexy topics -- yakuza pimps in Southeast Asia, Japanese prostitutes, narcotics in Manchuria, pornography, Rampo -- who doesn't like these topics?! I liked the fact he presents us various issues under a very strong theme (Cultural Marxist? Haratoonianian?). I also felt his passion, which is what matters in my view anyway.

But I didn't like the way he projects his point of view so densely throughout the book, and every time I get into each topic and I want to know more about surp
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Paul
Recommended to me by an academician friend/commie who knows the author. The content seemed really interesting but right when I'd start getting into a story or a vignette, the author would go so Karl Marxie on me that I felt like I was reading from one of those post-modernist auto-generating websites (apologies to any pomos offended by that statement). I'd sometimes take pictures of pages and post em up on the Facebooks to be mocked by my ignoramus friends and me. How we would howl! The only thin ...more
Natalie
Mark Driscoll, an associate professor of Japanese and International Studies at the University of North Carolina, here presents a very thorough reassessment of Japanese imperialism of Asia in the first half of the twentieth century. Driscoll focuses his attention on the fringes of the colonized Asian peoples, writing about the Chinese coolies, Korean farmers, Japanese pimps and trafficked women of various Asian nationalities that moved Japan's empire along and provided the behind-the-scenes energ ...more
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