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What's Queer about Europe?Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms$
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Mireille Rosello and Sudeep Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.001.0001

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Sick Man of Transl-Asia

Sick Man of Transl-Asia

Bruce Lee and Queer Cultural Translation

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(p.117) Sick Man of Transl-Asia
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What's Queer about Europe?
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Paul Bowman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.003.0007

This chapter proposes that Bruce Lee’s celluloid cinematic interventions ought to be approached as texts and contexts of cultural translation. However, to say this, a rather twisted or indeed queer notion of translation needs to be established. Cultural translation is not to simply refer to translation in a linguistic or hermeneutic sense. Through a reading of Rey Chow’s work on the complexity of representations in cultural encounters (simulated or otherwise; mutual, reciprocal or asymptotic), this chapter assesses the complex event of the entrance of the dragon into Western/global/ized culture; an entrance which had a tangible impact on erstwhile notions of Europe, Masculinity and (European) Philosophy as much as its indubitable influence on mainstream Euro-American (indeed, global) popular culture.

Keywords:   Translation, Bruce Lee, Rey Chow, Masculinity

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