Angela Zito

Angela Zito
New York University | NYU · Anthropology and the Program in Religious Studies

University of Chicago M.Phil, PhD

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Chinese Director Gan Xiao’er makes the first fiction features to take up Christians in their everyday concerns. His film Raised from Dust (Juzi chentu 举自尘土‎2007) uses mostly members of the community as actors. Gan’s documentary Church Cinema (Jiaotang dianying yuan教堂电影院‎ 2008) intercuts a chronicle of community screenings of Raised from Dust in chu...
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In 1990s post-Reform China, a growing number of people armed with video cameras poured out upon the Chinese landscape to both observe and contribute to the social changes then underway. This digital turn has given us a "DV China" that includes film and media communities across different social strata and disenfranchised groups, including ethnic and...
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In 1990s post-Reform China, a growing number of people armed with video cameras poured out upon the Chinese landscape to both observe and contribute to the social changes then underway. Happening upon the crucial platform of an older independent film movement, this digital turn has given us a "DV China" that includes film and media communities acro...
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The Chinese translation of the original book, which was published in 1997, by anthropologist Li Jin (People's Renmin University and University of Michigan). https://book.douban.com/subject/26110803/
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This article reflects upon my experience of filmmaking in a public park in Beijing where I learned to write Chinese calligraphy in water. The essay is committed to the idea that people simultaneously produce persons and worlds in practices that result in the material mediations within which those selves are entangled, and also powerfully engage the...
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A short essay based on Li Chen's powerful stillphoto/video piece called "Aphasia" which documents Occupy in Oakland CA. Online at http://loveofsun.org/Article_Zito_Angela.html
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Rebecca Karl, Tom Lamarre, Claudia Pozzana, Alessandro Russo, Naoki Sakai, Jesook Song, and Angela Zito interview Senior Editor Tani Barlow, posing a series of question on history, politics, conflict, Cold War scholarship, and the struggle over so-called area studies. Topics raised and considered include the history of the journal's founding, criti...
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In autumn 2010, I reread the fifty-four issue-books of positions for its use of images. This essay demonstrates that where the image's gestures animate, supplement, and haunt the written text, we find the edge of our critical practice. Journals, like framed shots, have their limitations. What is worth analyzing in social life remains abstract (for...
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On May 25, 2004, a relic, the Buddha's finger, was flown to Hong Kong from China. It had been unearthed in 1987 at Famen Temple near Xi'an in Shaanxi Province after over 1,100 years underground. I was invited to attend the closing ceremony on June 4, and filmed it. The finger had been displayed for ten days at the huge Hong Kong Convention and Exhi...
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How did foreign Christian anti-footbinding activists treat the distinctive forms of human embodiment they encountered in China? What were their assumptions? How should we understand the transition from religious to secular imaginings of the body and its pains? Here I discuss late nineteenth and early twentieth century religion and medicalized hygie...
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Journal of the History of Sexuality 10.2 (2001) 195-201 Do we not, all of us, secretly wish our reading to be a form of transportation far away? Do we not -- especially those of us turned professional readers, cast out from the gardens and closets and nighttime beds of our earliest reading paradises -- cast about for any writing that might fan this...
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The Qianlong emperor, who dominated the religious and political life of eighteenth-century China, was in turn dominated by elaborate ritual prescriptions. These texts determined what he wore and ate, how he moved, and above all how he performed the yearly Grand Sacrifices. In Of Body and Brush, Angela Zito offers a stunningly original analysis of t...
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The Qianlong emperor, who dominated the religious and political life of eighteenth-century China, was in turn dominated by elaborate ritual prescriptions. These texts determined what he wore and ate, how he moved, and above all how he performed the yearly Grand Sacrifices. In Of Body and Brush, Angela Zito offers a stunn ingly original analysis of...
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For the first time, this volume brings to the study of China the theoretical concerns and methods of contemporary critical cultural studies. Written by historians, art historians, anthropologists, and literary critics who came of age after the People's Republic resumed scholarly ties with the United States, these essays yield valuable new insights...
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For the first time, this volume brings to the study of China the theoretical concerns and methods of contemporary critical cultural studies. Written by historians, art historians, anthropologists, and literary critics who came of age after the People's Republic resumed scholarly ties with the United States, these essays yield v aluable new insights...
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This article approaches the cult of the City God as the negotiated result of discursive and ritual practice that yielded filiality (xiao) as an 'authoritative solution' to certain paradoxes, particularly the paradox of sameness and difference. These social paradoxes were then resolved through ritual practice. -from Author
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Footnotes * The original version of this paper was presented as part of a panel on "Cosmology and Power in China" at the 1983 Association for Asian Studies annual meeting. Notes 1. My use of the word "sacrifice" is a poor compromise. In ritual matters English lacks the lexical fine...

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Takes up the party state's reinvestment in propaganda in discourses of xiaoshun, filiality. Discusses many forms of material expression: TV talk shows, films, poster campaigns, museums, exemplary person awards.