Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies
Online ISSN : 2432-4302
Print ISSN : 1344-4204
ISSN-L : 1344-4204
  • José Rodolfo Avilés Ernult
    2023 年 41 巻 1 号 p. 1-21
    発行日: 2023年
    公開日: 2023/06/09
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス
    In its most basic use as a term, uncanny describes the experiences of eeriness, anxiety, ambiguity, confusion, and cognitive uncertainty. Freud’s definition of uncanny as ‘something which ought to have been kept concealed but which has nevertheless come to light’ (1919, p. 224), positions the uncanny close to his other concepts of anxiety and repetition compulsion. Similarly, magical realist cinema is a nascent genre, to address fantastic fiction which partakes in the convention of literary realism. However, the lack of a delimited corpus of films ascribed to the genre has limited its adoption as a theoretical/analytical concept. The paper, thus, addresses the theoretical incompleteness of Freudian uncanny and magical realism. To investigate how the uncanny cycle of trauma is embedded in magical realist narratives, this paper looks at Guillermo del Toro’s Pan's Labyrinth (2006) with the objective of identifying memories/tokens of trauma as intertextual images decontextualized from their original time/space and intruding/perceived as unsettling. The paper demonstrates how images manifest in narratives such as Déjà vu, doppelgangers, and ghosts; a staple of uncanny narrative which, by their lack of meaning and their reticence to being recontextualized, disrupt the cognition of new experiences.
  • Sooyeon Kim
    2023 年 41 巻 1 号 p. 22-
    発行日: 2023年
    公開日: 2023/06/09
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス
    Issues associated with the African continent have been rising on the foreign policy agendas of China, Japan, and South Korea in recent decades. Considering that a policy agenda may influence the news concerning foreign affairs issues, questions arise on how the media in these three countries responds to developments in Africa and whether these countries are aware of each other’s foreign affairs agenda when covering Africa. This study investigates patterns in news coverage on Africa in China, Japan, and South Korea, and attempts to reveal these countries’ awareness of each other. It examines reporting on Africa from 2015 to 2017 in three newspapers: the People’s Daily, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and the Chosun Ilbo. The analysis clarifies the similarities and differences in the approach that these three countries adopt in their coverage of Africa and elucidates country-specific power dynamics in media from a global perspective.