Category Archives: Michael Presley

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the…

masako-natsume

Sorcerers And Warriors: The Initiatic Journey In Chinese Mythology

Chinese mythology, folk tales and fables are mostly unknown to the West. However this indigenous folklore combines not only unique philosophical and artistic traditions, but informs much modern Chinese popular…

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered…