1. Rewritten from Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse (New York: The Noonday Press, 1978), p. 20. (Somewhere between Lacan and Proust)
2. In A Beautiful Mind (dir. Ron Howard, 2001), the Princeton mathematician, John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) was diagnosed by Dr. Rosen (Christopher Plummer) as "schizophrenic". Nash was involved in a Cold War plot with people who were invisible to the other characters in the film. Heavily sedated, he said to Sol (Adam Golsberg) a former work colleague who had come to visit: "Have you met Harvey?" He gestured at an empty (to Sol) chair. To relieve Soil's alarm, Nash/Crowe continues: "Relax. It's OK. There's no point in being nuts if you can't have a little fun."
3. [ALD] p.
4. Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary (4th Edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press/ The Commercial Press, 1989, p. 1677.
5. [ALD] p. 20
6. Oxford ALE-CD, p.1019.
7. In the film, The Lover (dir. Jean-Jaques Annaud) based on Marguerite Duras' novel of the same name, Jeanne Moreau's voice-over described the relationship between the fifteen and a half year old French girl (Jane March) and the thirty-two year old Chinese man (Tony Leung) as "an unacceptable scandal". It was unclear to Orlando Jones whether this was because of the difference in their ages, in their nationalities, in their relative wealth (the Chinese man was fabulously wealthy), or because they weren't married.
8. "I'm fictional" Eloise (Milla Jovovich) says to Tom Tom (Jeremy Davies) in Wim Wenders Million Dollar Hotel.
9. Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express. Beijing Foreign Languages Press, 1994. (Not for sale outside the People's Republic of China).
10. OALE-CD,p. 1773.
11. Gail Tsukiyama, Women of the Silk: A Novel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991, p.37.
12. William Marsden, The Travels of Marco Polo. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 1998, p. 81.
13. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare's Complete Works (London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1943), p.764.
14. The History and Anthology of English Literature (Vols. 1&11). Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 1988.
15. "I can neither write nor love," Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) says to the psychoanalyst.
16. A Lover's Discourse, p. 21
17. The Travels of Marco Polo, p. 131.
18. The Travels of Marco Polo , p. 131
19. The Travels of Marco Polo , p. 130
1. Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina. Trans. Joel Carmichael. Toronto, New York, London, Sydney: Bantam Books, 1960.
2. Alan Brien, Lenin: The Novel. London: Secker & Warburg, 1987, p.74.
3. Maxine Hong Kingston, The Warrior Woman, New York: Random House, 1989, p.19.
4. The Travels of Marco Polo, pp. 144-45.
5. The Warrior Woman, p.33.
6. A Lover's Discourse, p.18. "One lovely September day, I went out to do some errands. Paris was adorable that morning . . . , etc."
7. A Lover's Discourse, p. 143.
8. Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary, 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press/ The Commercial Press, 1989, p. 386.
9. The cryptic crossword clue is Nancy Sibtain's all-time favourite. Quoted from Fiona Harari "The Clue Room", The Weekend Australian Review p. 4, October 13-14, 2001.
10. Will Shortz's favourite clue. He is crossword editor of The New York Times.
11. Taffy Davies, a former cryptic compiler for The Daily Telegraph, Sydney.
12. Gail Tsukiyama, Women of the Silk: A Novel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991, p. 107.
13. A Lover's Discourse, p.157. Werther is the character in Johann Wolfgang Goethe's romantic novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. In this epistolary novel, a lover makes the description of his love for a woman he may not possess, all but a full-time occupation. As well as writing letters, he also reads.
14. Elizabeth Wright, Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice. London and New York: Routledge, 1984, p. 114. The story is Edgar Allan Poe's ŒThe Purloined Letter.'
15. A Lover's Discourse, p. 158.
16. A Lover's Discourse. p. 142.
17. Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion. Adapted by Chen Meilin. Beijing: New World Press, 1999. Tsao Hsueh-chin and Kao Ngo, A Dream of Red Mansions. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1994. Translated by Yang Hsien-Yi and Gladys Yang and illustratedby Tai Tun-Pang. Lao She, Camel Xiangzi. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1988. Translated by Shi Xiaoqing. Illustrated by Gu Bingxin. Mao Dun,The Shop of the Lin Family'and Spring Silkworms. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2000.
18. A Lover's Discourse, p. 153.
19. Guo Nei, "200million illegal CD smash hits silenced". China Daily. Monday 3rd December, 2001, p. 1
20. CCTV 9 News, 5pm Monday, 1st April, 2002.
1. Roland Barthes, A Lover¹s Discourse. New York: Hill and Wang, 1978, p. 226
2. Barthes, p.161 (including the Schubert quotation).
3. Elizabeth Wright, Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory as Practice. New York and London: Routledge, 1984, pp. 120-21.
4. Barthes, p.156.
5. Wright, p. 147. Nathanael is the character in E.T.A. Hoffmann¹s story ŒThe Sandman¹ who falls in love with a mechanical doll, the automaton, Olympia.
6. Wright, p. 149.
7. Feng Xiaogang, quoted in Feng Cheng, ³Movie € New ´ear€² Beijing This Month (January 2002), p. 12.
8. On the packaging of the video, the story is told thus: ³An isolated dumb girl lives by selling food to fisherman during the daytime and her body at night. One day she rescues an ex-cop who wants to commit suicide. It brings about their delicate feelings towards each other and sex with her becomes a kind of narcotic for the relief of his pains. Eventually they get decoyed to each others¹ baits like fish and drive to unexpected catastrophe.²
9. Jin Bo, ³Recalling the Vintage Times². China Daily (Tuesday April 9, 2002), p. 10. Also ³Old Shanghai A Lost Age,² text by Wu Liang and photographs from the Shanghai Library. Shanghai: Foreign Languages Press & Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House, 2002.
10. Wright, p. 152.