Transnational Subjectivity – week 2

Mail order bride??? – A mailorder bride is a woman who lists herself in catalogs and is selected by a man for marriage. (I know about the dating, more than dating sites, but never heard of this); you can order your bride online like you’d order a new set of kitchen knives and exchange money for an “exotic” woman.

Love happens on, through, thanks to or because of a screen.

But what is love?

an emotion, care, desire, passion, rely on someone, acceptance (I really like this one), empathy, respect and trust (these 2 as well), affect, romance, responsibility, power

but can also have a “dark” side: narcissism, love of power, of money, of position; remember passion crimes?

  • the romantic commodities – begins with the novel (I just started reading Wuthering Heights)

Is love universal, essential?

it might, the emotion is universal, but its expression is different; essential? I think yes, e.g. mother love, and the effect its lack have on the child (even on animals)

What structures, social institutions shape love?

family, marriage, church, school, the media (songs, films, series, books)

Love is a market strategy. Novelesque love is not real but it seems the only kind of love we know. The image of love is running into the lilac sunset hands in hands with you soul mate, but where is love for the human being, for breathing creatures? Venus Hottentot never seemed to find it, because she was different, and more, she was a slave. One can not possibly love a slave, it would be like loving a horseshoe.

West <-> East – defined through contrasts: educated west, barbaric east, developed west, undeveloped east, civilized west, barbaric east => orientalist discourse (shaped by media)


  1. group meeting, discussion about the components of the case study – checked
  2. comment the visceral, embodied, auditory sensorial, affective and tactile forms of knowledge (Writing Desire)
  3. how has colonialism shaped your subjectivity? are you the colonizer or the colonized? how has your culture represented “the other”? how can you articulate your subjectivity through postcolonial theories?



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