Crossings: Nietzsche and the Space of Tragedy by John Sallis

By John Sallis

Boldly contesting fresh scholarship, Sallis argues that The start of Tragedy is a rethinking of paintings on the restrict of metaphysics.

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3 During the European Renaissance, however, the world was radically refigured from a flat tabletop into a sphere now fixed in proper perspec- Page 3 tive by a grid of meridians. This change in understanding at once problematized the location of these mystical places. Indeed, as Asia became merely a part of the world, Europe redefined itself as the center, with optical perspective providing both agency and superstructure. In the process Asia ceased to be the site of ancient wisdom and became just another or, more to the point, an othered location.

Casualties of War: The Death of Asia on the American Field of Representation 82 Page vii 8. Eugene O'Neill's Marco Millions: Desiring Marginality and the Dematerialization of Asia 95 9. Disfiguring The Castle of Fu Manchu: Racism Reinscribed in the Playground of the Postmodern 104 10. Flawed Self-Representations: Authenticating Chinese American Marginality 115 11. Imperial Pornographies of Virtuosity: Problematizing Asian American Life 130 Notes 143 Bibliography 153 Page ix Acknowledgments Sections from chapters and early versions of several parts of this project have appeared as journal articles.

Therefore it seems well enough to let the public study him a little on the stage beforehand. Mark Twain In the nineteenth century, an emerging postcolonial America struggled desperately for a sense of national identity. Toward this end American writers often contrasted the national idiosyncracies of its most recent immigrant population with those of the more established American community. This was particularly true of the popular theatre of the day, which tended to hold representations of the latest immigrant group up for ridicule.

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