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Embodiment, National Character, and the Politics of Representing Illness

Chinese literature has an extensive history of conflating illness and national infirmity, beginning with the “Sick Man of Asia” stereotype promulgated by the West after the country’s forced opening and internalized by Chinese authors and individuals in the following decades. Waging a war against germs, the rural-based CCP portrayed itself as wielder of modern scientific …

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‘She lusted after buildings, and they lusted after her’: Objectophilia and Commodity Animism in Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror

Global interactions with the inanimate are becoming increasingly intimate. This is certainly true in Japan, where the relationship between people and things is a defining feature of twenty-first-century life. In Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror, women seduce buildings and futons consume people, suggesting that the horrors of late capitalism are embodied by the structures we …