publication . Doctoral thesis . 2012

Asian/American Bodies in Extremis: Gendering Power, Pleasure, and Nation through "Spectacular" Excess

Knoll, Melissa Garcia;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
As a cross-genre study, this project centralizes performances of physical excess, putting genre theory in conversation with Asian/American critical race discourses to articulate the specific knowledges produced by film, stand-up comedy, theatre, and sports. Considering figures such as Annabel Chong, Margaret Cho, and Manny Pacquiao from within the discourses of gender and nation, I investigate how the Asian/American body in extremis speaks and is spoken, and how Asian/American subjects use both sexuality and violence to construct subjectivity in spite of and through their determined bodies.
Subjects
free text keywords: Asian American studies, Women's studies, Gender studies, Asian/American body politics, critical race discourses, feminism, genre theory, media studies, postcolonialism
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