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Interpreting Love Narratives in East Asian Literature and Film

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John Wallace, UC Berkeley

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: University of California, Berkeley

Language: English

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Reviewed by ANDRA ALVIS, Assistant Professor, DePauw University on 1/8/21

The text presents an in-depth methodology, originating in neuroscience, to interpret the cultural content of East Asian love narratives. It walks students through the process of selecting a topic or “instance,” identifying what cultural thought... read more

Reviewed by Trevor Kearns, Professor, Greenfield Community College on 5/27/20

Broad theoretical frameworks that inform the interpretation of the featured texts are covered to a degree that enables students to make use of them in interpretive projects without providing an overwhelming level of detail. Theoretical and... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. About this book and this course
  • II. A Theory of Interpretation for Cross-Cultural Reading
  • III. Method - Elements of (Course) Interpretive Projects
  • IV. Method - Designing and Completing (Course) Interpretive Projects
  • V. Cultural Contexts - Traditional Thought Systems in East Asian Love Narratives
  • VI. Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts

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About the Book

This book explores the role of traditional East Asian worldviews, ethical values, and common practices in the shaping of East Asian narratives in literature and film. It offers a specific method for this analysis. The interpretive goal is to arrive at interpretations that more accurately engage cultural information so that narratives are understood more closely in terms of their native cultural rather than that of the reader/interpreter. Current neuroscience related to processes of perception and the attribution of meaning form the basis for the theory of interpretation offered in the first half of the volume.

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John Wallace, University of California Berkeley

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