Chinese National Cinema / Edition 1

Chinese National Cinema / Edition 1

by Yingjin Zhang
     
 

What does it mean to be 'Chinese'? This controversial question has sparked off a never-ending process of image-making in Chinese and Chinese-speaking communities throughout the twentieth century. This introduction to Chinese national cinema, by a leading critic, covers three 'Chinas': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It traces the formation, negotiation and… See more details below

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What does it mean to be 'Chinese'? This controversial question has sparked off a never-ending process of image-making in Chinese and Chinese-speaking communities throughout the twentieth century. This introduction to Chinese national cinema, by a leading critic, covers three 'Chinas': mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It traces the formation, negotiation and problematization of the national on the Chinese screen over ninety years. Historical and comparative perspectives bring out the parallel developments in the three Chinas, while critical analysis explores thematic and stylistic changes over time.

As well as exploring artistic achievements and ideological debates, Chinese National Cinema also emphasizes industry research and market analysis. The author concludes that despite the rigid censorship systems and the pressures on filmmakers, Chinese national cinema has never succeeded in projecting a single unified picture, but rather portrays many Chinas.

About the Author:
Yingjin Zhang is Professor of Chinese, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415172899
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Series:
National Cinemas Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction : national cinema and China1
2Cinema and national traditions, 1896-192913
3Cinema and the nation-people, 1930-4958
4Cinematic reinvention of the national in Taiwan, 1896-1978113
5Cinematic revival of the regional in Hong Kong, 1945-78150
6Cinema and the nation-state in the PRC, 1949-78189
7Cinema and national/regional cultures, 1979-89225
8Cinema and the transnational imaginary, 1990-2002259

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