Author Archives: kathrynpagel

About kathrynpagel

Working on my PhD in Japanese literature, visual studies, and new media.

Speaking back to Techno-Orientalism (a partial syllabus)

From my class attempting to move the inquiries of Techno-Orientalism beyond the study of English-language writers – here’s parts of the syllabus I got to teach this quarter to a motivated set of students at UCR. I wrote this (and am … Continue reading

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Entertaining Summer Articles

Just a few headlines that caught my eye in the last month or so: Institution to create lifelike android of famed writer Soseki Apparently they’re going to be building a robot Soseki so that Japanese literature can at last achieve … Continue reading

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Acknowledgements

It’s been some time since I posted here – the trouble with writing every day is that at times it seems there are only so many words to go around. Most of those words for the last two years have … Continue reading

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Writing the history of Science Fiction art

Chapter title: “A Century of Science Fiction Art: Historical Overview to About 1975”Author: Robert WeinbergTitle: Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical DictionaryEditor: Jane Frank Incredibly helpful and simultaneously frustrating essay by Robert Weinberg opens this … Continue reading

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Book interview: Modern Girls on the Go!

My interview with Alisa Freedman on her edited volume Modern Girls on the Go just came out and is up on the Fembot Collective website.  If you have a minute take a look! Fembot’s Books Aren’t Dead (BAD) interview for … Continue reading

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On Japanese Cyborgs infiltrates tumblr

Due to my own digital constraints (and the fact that I’m spending a year abroad in Japan studying Japanese, not researching) I’ve created a tumblr to house some of the more visual aspects of my online research. Well that an … Continue reading

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I passed!

Just a short note to say that all of the preparation contained in the previous posts helped me to achieve my goal – I passed my qualifying exam and am now ABD (All But Dissertation)! Now the real fun begins … Continue reading

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Postmodernism, or the Logic of Late Capitalism by Jameson

Begins by situating postmodernism at the point at which the “frontier between high culture and so-called mass or commercial culture” is effaced.  “[A]estehtic production today has become integrated into commodity production generally” (56) The Postmodern is the “force field in … Continue reading

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Originally posted on 少年游:
选了一门“女性与恐怖片”的课。期中作业书评一篇: In almost all critical writings on the horror film genre, monsters tend to be defined as male, and women are only conceptualized as victims. It is also believed that women only terrify when represented as man’s…

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The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction by Walter Benjamin

Benjamin, Walter. “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.” Illuminations: Essays and reflections. Hannah Arendt, ed., Harry Zohn, trans. New York: Schocken, 1969. pp. 217-252. For Benjamin film can provoke/train the masses, and this is his answer … Continue reading

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