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(adjective) of, relating to, or dealing with phenomena (as of language or culture) as they occur or change over a period of time

21

The romance plot is really the lynchpin of the picture, and it determines the diachronic structure of the narrative.

—p.21 In Mainstream Gear: As Tears Go By (15) by Stephen Teo
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The romance plot is really the lynchpin of the picture, and it determines the diachronic structure of the narrative.

—p.21 In Mainstream Gear: As Tears Go By (15) by Stephen Teo
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(noun) deceitfulness; untrustworthiness

42

Wong’s characters are like zombies moving around somnambulistically in a subtropical urban landscape, abandoned to the elements by a perfidious lover

—p.42 Wong’s Heartbreak Tango: Days of Being Wild (31) by Stephen Teo
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Wong’s characters are like zombies moving around somnambulistically in a subtropical urban landscape, abandoned to the elements by a perfidious lover

—p.42 Wong’s Heartbreak Tango: Days of Being Wild (31) by Stephen Teo
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of, relating to, or characteristic of a monologue

43

He achieves this through a combination of monologic dialogue and allowing the characters to have their own emotional space without a common thread of a plot structure

—p.43 Wong’s Heartbreak Tango: Days of Being Wild (31) by Stephen Teo
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He achieves this through a combination of monologic dialogue and allowing the characters to have their own emotional space without a common thread of a plot structure

—p.43 Wong’s Heartbreak Tango: Days of Being Wild (31) by Stephen Teo
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the philosophical attempt to describe things in terms of their apparent intrinsic purpose, directive principle, or goal, irrespective of human use or opinion

70

Here, history functions as a teleological process that determines the final nature of its characters and the course of events

—p.70 Wong’s Biographical Histories of Knights Errant: Ashes of Time (65) by Stephen Teo
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Here, history functions as a teleological process that determines the final nature of its characters and the course of events

—p.70 Wong’s Biographical Histories of Knights Errant: Ashes of Time (65) by Stephen Teo
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a form of satire, usually in prose, which has a length and structure similar to a novel and is characterized by attacking mental attitudes rather than specific individuals or entities

89

highly carnivalesque, of a kind that incorporates a Menippean discourse (after the satirical style of the ancient Greek philosopher Menippus), a style that is both comic and tragic, as Kristeva informs us

—p.89 Pathos Angelical: Fallen Angels (83) by Stephen Teo
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highly carnivalesque, of a kind that incorporates a Menippean discourse (after the satirical style of the ancient Greek philosopher Menippus), a style that is both comic and tragic, as Kristeva informs us

—p.89 Pathos Angelical: Fallen Angels (83) by Stephen Teo
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relating to or characteristic of an elegy.

136

As with so many of his works, it is invariably elegiac in tone, overladen with a pervasive sense of sadness, fatalism and resignation, though the mood is soothed by Wong’s impeccable artistry and good taste.

—p.136 Wong’s Time Odyssey: 2046 (134) by Stephen Teo
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As with so many of his works, it is invariably elegiac in tone, overladen with a pervasive sense of sadness, fatalism and resignation, though the mood is soothed by Wong’s impeccable artistry and good taste.

—p.136 Wong’s Time Odyssey: 2046 (134) by Stephen Teo
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(noun, Italian for light and dark) an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms

150

Wong’s cinematographers are almost as adept at rendering chiaroscuro as the great Caravaggio

—p.150 Wong’s Time Odyssey: 2046 (134) by Stephen Teo
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Wong’s cinematographers are almost as adept at rendering chiaroscuro as the great Caravaggio

—p.150 Wong’s Time Odyssey: 2046 (134) by Stephen Teo
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(verb) to make faulty or defective; impair / (verb) to debase in moral or aesthetic status / (verb) to make ineffective

158

Wong’s features have not vitiated to the level of MTV because of the contexts they invoke: their historical nexus with past eras, their identification with the times, their interconnectedness of the local with the global, and, above all, their depth of meaning and feeling.

—p.158 Mini-Projects and Conclusion (153) by Stephen Teo
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Wong’s features have not vitiated to the level of MTV because of the contexts they invoke: their historical nexus with past eras, their identification with the times, their interconnectedness of the local with the global, and, above all, their depth of meaning and feeling.

—p.158 Mini-Projects and Conclusion (153) by Stephen Teo
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