Taiwan Cinema: A Contested Nation on Screen

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***Listed in THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION's Weekly Book List, April 4, 2011***Interview with the author: http://dgeneratefilms.com/critical-essays/cinematalk-a-conversation-with-professor-guo-juin-hong-on-taiwan-cinema-1949-and-documentaries/

A groundbreaking study of Taiwan cinema, this is the first English language book that covers its entire history. Hong revises how Taiwan cinema is taught and studied by taking into account not only the auteurs of New Taiwan Cinema, but also the history of popular genre ...

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Overview

***Listed in THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION's Weekly Book List, April 4, 2011***Interview with the author: http://dgeneratefilms.com/critical-essays/cinematalk-a-conversation-with-professor-guo-juin-hong-on-taiwan-cinema-1949-and-documentaries/

A groundbreaking study of Taiwan cinema, this is the first English language book that covers its entire history. Hong revises how Taiwan cinema is taught and studied by taking into account not only the auteurs of New Taiwan Cinema, but also the history of popular genre films before the 1980s. This work is essential reading for students and scholars of Taiwan and Chinese-language cinemas and those interested in the larger context of East Asian cultural history as well as film and visual studies in general.

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'This is a wonderful work—it offers a deep and provocative engagement with the historiography of Taiwan cinema. Canvassing a large body of historical material and films—both well known canons as well as 'forgotten' films, popular melodrama as well as art cinema—this well organized and eloquently written book will be indispensable reading for students of Taiwan film and culture history. A major contribution.'—Zhen Zhang, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and East Asian Studies, New York University and author of An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema 1895-1937
 
'Hong's book richly fulfills its ambitious agenda. It is sure to become an instant classic, constituting simultaneously an intervention in critical Taiwan studies, a case study in colonial and postcolonial nationalisms, and by far the most comprehensive history of Taiwan cinema available in English. A benchmark for studies in years to come, providing a foundation that future scholarship can build upon.'—Jason McGrath, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

'Not only an indispensable guide to a rich filmic realm, but also an innovative rethinking of one of the most persistent paradigms in film studies: the discourse of national cinema. Through a series of deft close readings of both the masterpieces of the New Wave and lesser known, but no less fascinating, genre films, Hong reveals the ways in which 'Taiwan cinema' has always been a dangerously 'theoretical' undertaking.'—Andrew F. Jones, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137290090
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Guo-Juin Hong is an associate professor of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His essay on colonial modernity in 1930s Shanghai was the winner of the 2009 Katherine Kovacs Essay Award, Honorable Mention, and his dissertation received the 2005 Dissertation of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, both by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Taiwan Cinema and the Historiography of Absence
PART I: GENRES
Colonial Archives, Postcolonial Archaeology: Pre-1945 Taiwan and the Hybrid Texts of Cinema before Nation
Cinema among Genres: An Unorthodox History of Taiwan's Dialect Cinema, 1955-1970
Tracing a Jourbaneyman's Electric Shadow: Healthy Realism, Cultural Policies, and Lee Hsing, 1964-1980
Interlude: Hou Hsiao-Hsien before Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Film Aesthetics in Transition, 1980-1982
PART II: STYLE
A Time to Live, a Time to Die: New Taiwan Cinema and Its Vicissitudes, 1982-1986
Island of No Returban: Cinematic Narration as Retrospection in Wang Tong's Taiwan Trilogy and Beyond
Anywhere But Here: The Postcolonial City in Tsai Ming-Liang's Taipei Trilogy
Afterword: Cinema after Nation

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