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Ang Lee (b. 1954) has emerged as one of cinema's most versatile, critically acclaimed, and popular directors. Known for his ability to transcend cultural and stylistic boundaries, Lee has built a diverse oeuvre that includes films about culture clashes and globalization (Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994, and The Wedding Banquet, 1993), a period drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), a martial arts epic (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), a comic book action movie (Hulk, 2003), and an American western (Brokeback Mountain, 2005). The Philosophy of Ang Lee draws from both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions to examine the director's works. The first section focuses on Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist themes in his Chinese-language films, and the second examines Western philosophies in his English-language films; but the volume ultimately explores how Lee negotiates all of these traditions, strategically selecting from each in order to creatively address key issues. With interest in this filmmaker and his work increasing around the release of his 3-D magical adventure The Life of Pi (2012), The Philosophy of Ang Lee serves as a timely investigation of the groundbreaking auteur and the many complex philosophical themes that he explores through the medium of motion pictures.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part 1: The Eastern Philosophy of Ang Lee
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Conquering the Self: Daoism, Confucianism, and the Price of Freedom in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  2. pp. 19-40
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  1. What Do You Know of My Heart?: The Role of Sense and Sensibility in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  2. pp. 41-63
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  1. The Confucian Cowboy Aesthetic
  2. pp. 64-76
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  1. East Meets Western: The Eastern Philosophy of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain
  2. pp. 77-94
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  1. Landscape and Gender in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility and Brokeback Mountain
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. Can't Get No Satisfaction: Desires, Rituals, and the Search for Harmony in Eat Drink Man Woman
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Paternalism, Virtue Ethics, and Ang Lee: Does Father Really Know Best?
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Lust, Caution: A Case for Perception, Unimpeded
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Part 2: The Western Philosophy of Ang Lee
  2. pp. 163-163
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  1. The Power to Go beyond God's Boundaries?: Hulk, Human Nature, and Some Ethical Concerns Thereof
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. Displacement, Deception, and Disorder: Ang Lee’s Discourse of Identity
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. Subverting Heroic Violence: Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock and Hulk as Antiwar Narratives
  2. pp. 192-209
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  1. Homo MIgrans: Desexualization in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock
  2. pp. 210-229
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  1. Because of the Molecules: The Ice Storm and the Philosophy of Love and Recognition
  2. pp. 230-242
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  1. It's Existential: Negative Space and Nothingness in The Ice Storm
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. The Ice Storm: What Is Impending?
  2. pp. 251-264
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  1. All's Fair in Love and War?: Machiavelli and Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil
  2. pp. 265-290
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 291-291
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Terms
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 295-297
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-302
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  1. Series Page
  2. pp. 303-304
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813141701
Print ISBN
9780813141664
MARC Record
OCLC
847543998
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-17
Language
English
Open Access
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