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Critical Zone 1: A Forum of Chinese and Western Knowledge by Q. S. Tong, Shouren Wang, Douglas Kerr

By Q. S. Tong, Shouren Wang, Douglas Kerr

This booklet is a brand new sequence in cultural and literary reviews together released via the Hong Kong collage Press and Nanjing collage Press. established in Hong Kong and mainland China, severe sector goals to assemble students all over the world and to enhance cross-cultural and cross-regional figuring out.

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N o r m a n Z. McLeod, 1947). Walter Mitty's fantasies are clearly marked, in accordance with Hollywood convention, by a series of dissolves. 1 In "real" life, the shy, unassuming Walter Mitty gets involved in an adventure concerning an heiress and looted jewels and reluctantly becomes the hero of yet another pulp genre. Oddly enough, the romantic heroine has already featured in his fantasies before he meets her, so Walter reacts with a double take when he sees her for the first time in reality.

If what we are is culturally scripted, we are not the source of our own beliefs, actions, selves. On the contrary, we are the helpless products of determinations that exist in our communities. Fish affirms that we have no freedom of opinion and that the only alternative views open to us are those of another interpretive community; Butler sees the only way to influence change as repetition of the cultural script with a difference. Neither has grounds for confidence that things will change much, or that change will be for the better if they do.

What's Real? 23 In making this distinction, it confirms centuries of Western tradition: sanity, rationality, responsibility, the characteristics of the citizen entitled to play a part in society and accountable before the law, are synonymous with the ability to tell the difference between reality and delusion. Only saints and psychopaths take their voices and visions for truth. The cinema screen that divides the brightly lit world of the fiction decisively from the audience in the darkened movie theatre marks that common-sense distinction between fact and fiction.

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