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Dialectics without Synthesis
Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame

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by Naoki Yamamoto


Dialectics without Synthesis explores Japanís active but previously unrecognized participation in the global circulation of film theory during the first half of the twentieth century. Examining a variety of Japanese theorists working in the fields of film, literature, avant-garde art, Marxism, and philosophy, Naoki Yamamoto offers a new approach to cinematic realism as culturally conditioned articulations of the shifting relationship of film to the experience of modernity. In this study, long-held oppositions between realism and modernism, universalism and particularism, and most notably, the West and the non-West are challenged through a radical reconfiguration of the geopolitics of knowledge production and consumption.


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University of California Press (August, 2020) 248 pages
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www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520351806/dialectics-without-synthesis

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