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East Asian Modernity and Critical Theory
Field
Culture Study
Subject
East Asian Modernity and Critical Theory
Book List
East Asian Modernity and Critical Theory
Introduction

The aim of this project is to systematically collect historical/archival books as well as critical studies on East Asian modernity. The long and drastic epistemological changes in the second half of the 19th century in Japan, through translations of western knowledge and institutions on a large scale, has paved the ground for the project of Japanese modernity, including its modern nation-state. The project for modernity in late Qing period was effected also largely through translations of western knowledge and institutions, but this time via the channel of Japan.

The problem of modernity has been reassessed by contemporary philosophers, and the constant themes are nationalism, biopolitics, sovereignty, borders, democracy, law, ethics, and subjectivation. This project attempts to collect publications related to the question of East Asian Modernity, both of archival materials and of current critical studies based on the issue of East Asian Modersity, through interdisciplinary and cross-regional approaches, so that the Library of Chiao Tung University can be a center for such critical research.

Key words: East Asia, Modernity, Critical Theory, East Asian Nationalism, the concept of border, sovereignty, biopolitics, ethics, subjectivation, communism, cultural revolution, Pacific War

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