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Beyond Bruce LeeChasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture$
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Paul Bowman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165297

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165297.001.0001

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Bruce Lee in the Post

Bruce Lee in the Post

Post-Colonial, Post-Modern, Post-Protestant, Post-Human

(p.125) Chapter Five Bruce Lee in the Post
Beyond Bruce Lee

Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that many studies and narratives about Bruce Lee end in disappointment as a result of the approach which is characterized by nostalgia. This nostalgia takes many forms. Some of the most common narratives are: Bruce Lee once politicized ethnic, subaltern, and postcolonial consciousness, but this energy dissipated; and Bruce Lee smashed certain Orientalist stereotypes about Asian males, but this ultimately intensified other stereotypes. The chapter looks closely at some of these narratives; considers the reasons for their trajectory towards disappointment; and proposes alternative approaches that may enable us to regard the times and places beyond Bruce Lee without either running into nostalgia for lost promise or delusions about the radical propensities of current or future conjunctures. The journey of this chapter will be from subject-centered approaches to Bruce Lee to what might be classified as more materialist or post-humanist perspectives on his interventions.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, martial arts films, artists, nostalgia, narratives, intervention

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