Pan-Asian gothic
in Globalgothic
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Pan-Asian gothic is a manifestation of globalgothic rather than global gothic. The films discussed in this chapter are the award-winning portmanteau Kwaidan and A Tale of Two Sisters, two films that exemplify the merging of the global with the local in the construction of pan-Asian gothic. The display of self-Orientalism as demonstrated by these two films necessitates a different way of thinking about the gothic on a global scale. Similarly, the holding up of visuality both as resistance to the logic of domination and as acquiescence to its 'to-be-looked-at-ness' also necessitates the same. The return to the premodern and oral traditions, a key component of pan-Asian Gothic, can be read as a resistance to the global at the level of the local. The act of translation and localisation functions to foreground what Roland Robertson calls 'the global-local' problematic in his discussion of glocalisation.

Editor: Glennis Byron


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