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Empire of Signs by Roland Barthes

Barthes, Roland. Empire of Signs. New York: Hill and Wang, 1982. Rather than somehow deciphering Japan, he is exploring his own position to exoticism, and ethnocentricism, he is creating a utopian thought experiment to get outside of his own paradigm … Continue reading

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S/Z by Roland Barthes

Barthes, Roland, and HonorĂ© de Balzac. S/Z. New York: Hill and Wang :The Noonday Press, 1974. Barthes performs an analysis influenced by structuralist linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure that explores and (de)mystifies the link between a sign and its meaning. … Continue reading

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Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Azuma Hiroki

Azuma Hiroki. Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals. Trans. Jonathan Abel and Shion Kono. Minnesota UP, 2009. Azuma theorizes otaku as posthistorical, specifically inspired by Kojieve’s Introduction to the Reading of Hegel where he sees US culture as animalistic as it is … Continue reading

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Foucault: The History of Sexuality: An Introduction (Vol. 1)

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality. New York: Vintage Books, 1988. In order to disrupt and reject the discourse that sex in the western world has undergone a trajectory of repression to liberation Foucault asserts, “for two centuries now, the … Continue reading

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