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Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy (Comtemporary Cinema) Paperback – December 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-9042027770 ISBN-10: 9042027770
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"Bruce Lee is a complex and contradictory figure, and it's a formidable task to take on the multiple facets of his legacy - fighter, film star, philosopher, nationalist, multiculturalist, innovator. With an approach as multidisciplinary and iconoclastic as Lee's approach to martial arts, Bowman provides an original and exhilarating account of Lee as 'cultural event'. No one has done a better job of explaining why the martial arts 'legend' remains such an important and provocative figure." - Leon Hunt, Brunel University, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger. "Taking on Martin Heidegger and Slavoj Zizek as well as drawing on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Guy Debord, Jacques Ranciere, Rey Chow, and Stuart Hall, among others, Bowman shows how Bruce Lee 'speaks' to the philosophical debates that frame our understanding of global popular culture today. Although Bowman may not be able to resolve the philosophical battles surrounding our ability to 'know' Bruce Lee, he does a remarkable job of articulating why Bruce Lee remains an essential force within not only world cinema but global culture - both 'high' and 'low.' Armoured with his philosophical nunchakus, Bowman goes to battle with anyone who may doubt Lee's ongoing importance, and this book will undoubtedly become essential reading for everyone (from philosopher to kung fu practitioner) interested in popular culture and Asian cinema." - Gina Marchetti, University of Hong Kong, author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction and From Tian'anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens, 1989-1997.

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Paul Bowman is author of Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies (2007) and Deconstructing Popular Culture (2008). He teaches cultural studies at Cardiff University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Comtemporary Cinema (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Rodopi (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9042027770
  • ISBN-13: 978-9042027770
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Cervenka on November 25, 2011
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Bowman's book is focused on not only the impact Bruce Lee had on the world but breaks down why that is. At times as most books of this nature tend to be, he falls back on "scholar-speak" resulting in you spending extra time on the the dictionary, but luckily he reins it in most of the time. It's not a biography per se but a fairly unique perspective on the effects this great personality had on many facets of popular culture.
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