Chinese Women's Cinema: Transnational Contexts

Chinese Women's Cinema: Transnational Contexts

by Lingzhen Wang (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231156752
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Film and Culture Series
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lingzhen Wang is associate professor of modern Chinese literature, gender studies, and Chinese film and media at Brown University. She is the author of Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth Century China and the editor and co-translator of Years of Sadness: Translation Anthology of Wang Anyi's Autobiographical Works.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transnational Feminist Reconfiguration of Film Discourse and Women's Cinema, by Lingzhen Wang
Part I: Female Authorship Negotiated in Different Times, Spaces, and Genres
1. Socialist Cinema and Female Authorship: Overdetermination and Subjective Revisions in Dong Kena's "Small Grass Grows on the Kunlun Mountain" (1962), by Lingzhen Wang
2. Masochist Men and Normal Women: Tang Shu Shuen and "The Arch" (1969), by Yau Ching
3. Migrating Hearts: The Cultural Geography of Sylvia Chang's Melodrama, by Zhen Zhang
Part II: Gendered Voices: Images and Affect
4. The Voice of History and the Voice of Women: A Study of Huang Shuqin's Women's Films, by Xingyang Li
5. Post-Taiwan New Cinema Women Directors and Their Films: Auteurs, Images, Language, by Yu-Shan Huang and Chun-Chi Wang
6. Affect, Memory, and Trauma Past Tense in Hu Mei's "Army Nurse" (1985) and Xu Jinglei's "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (2004), by E. Ann Kaplan
Part III: The Visual Subject and Feminist Cinema
7. The Encoding of Female Subjectivity: Four Films by China's Fifth-Generation Women Directors, by S. Louisa Wei
8. From Mao's "Continuous Revolution" to Ning Ying's "Perpetual Motion" (2005): Sexual Politics, Neoliberalism, and Postmodern China, by Gina Marchetti
9. Searching for Female Sexuality and Negotiating with Feminism: Li Yu's Film Trilogy, by Shuqin Cui
Part IV: Female Writing, Performance, and Issues of Cinematic Agency
10. To Write or to Act, That Is the Question: 1920s to 1930s Shanghai Actress-Writers and the Death of the "New Woman", by Yiman Wang
11. Gender, Genre, and Performance in Eileen Chang's Films: Equivocal Contrasts Across the Print-Screen Divide, by Yingjin Zhang
12. Chu T'ien-wen and the Sotto Voce of Feminine Expression in the Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, by Christopher Lupke
13. To Become an Auteur: The Cinematic Maneuverings of Xu Jinglei, by Jingyuan Zhang
Part V: Migration, Diaspora, and Transcultural Practice of Gender and Cinema
14. In Search of Esther Eng: Border-Crossing Pioneer in Chinese-Language Filmmaking, by Kar Law
15. Transpacific Waves in a Global Sea: Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting's Cinematic Archive, by Staci Ford
16. Filming One's Way Home: Clara Law's Letters to Oz, by Shiao-Ying Shen

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Chris Berry

If you thought gender was fading from cinema studies, prepare for a pleasant surprise. Lingzhen Wang's Chinese Women's Cinema puts the topic back under the spotlight. Ranging from mainland China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the diaspora, this mind-boggling array of explorations and interventions sparkles with energy. Wang's excellent introduction anchors conceptions of female agency, transnational feminism, and transborder Chinese cinema. The result is a new starting point for gender studies on this subject.

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