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Cinema and Desire presents Dai Jinhau’s best work to date. In it she examines the Orientalism that made Zhang Yimou the darling of international film festivals, establishes Huang Shuqin’s Human, Woman, Demon as the People’s Republic’s first...
Cinema and Desire presents Dai Jinhau’s best work to date. In it she examines the Orientalism that made Zhang Yimou the darling of international film festivals, establishes Huang Shuqin’s Human, Woman, Demon as the People’s Republic’s first genuinely feminist film, comments on TV representations of the Chinese diaspora in New York, speculates on the value of Mao Zedong as an icon of post-revolutionary consumerism, and analyses the rise of shopping plazas in 1990s’ urban China as a strange montage in which the political memories of Tiananmen Square and the logic of the global capitalist marketplace are intertwined.
“The most lucid, complex and brilliant analysis of Fifth Generation film (indeed of the entire ‘generations’ phenomenon in the People’s Republic of China) that I have ever seen. Dai Jinhua manages at the same time to connect with international currents in psychoanalytic feminist film criticism and to forward a grounded,‘new Marxist’ Chinese school of thinking.”—Ella Shohat, City University of New York
|1||Severed Bridge: The Art of the Sons' Generation||13|
|2||Postcolonialism and Chinese Cinema of the Nineties||49|
|3||A Scene in the Fog: Reading the Sixth Generation Films||71|
|4||Gender and Narration: Women in Contemporary Chinese Film||99|
|5||"Human, Woman, Demon": A Woman's Predicament||151|
|6||Redemption and Consumption: Depicting Culture in the 1990s||172|
|7||National Identity in the Hall of Mirrors||189|
|Invisible Writing: The Politics of Mass Culture in the 1990s||213|
|Rethinking the Cultural History of Chinese Film||235|
|Dia Jinhua: A Short Biography||264|
|Notes on the Translators||275|