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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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What's Queer about Europe?

Paul Bowman

Fordham University Press

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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