Chinese Cinema Book released

Press release:

Song Hwee Lim and Julian Ward are delighted to announce the publication of The Chinese Cinema Book. Commissioned by the British Film Institute, The Chinese Cinema Book provides a comprehensive companion to the cinemas of the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora, from early cinema to the present day. With contributions from leading international scholars, the book is structured around five thematic sections: Territories, Trajectories, Historiographies; Early Cinema to 1949; The Forgotten Period: 1949≠80; The New Waves; and Stars, Auteurs and Genres.

This important collection addresses film production and exhibition and places Chinese cinema in its national and transnational contexts. Individual chapters addresses major film movements such as the Shanghai Cinema of the 1930s, Fifth Generation Chinese film-makers and the Hong Kong New Wave, as well key issues, stars and auteurs of Chinese cinema. The book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars, as well as for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the cinemas of Greater China.

The Chinese Cinema Book Edited by Song Hwee Lim and Julian Ward
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011ISBN 9781844573448 for the paperback
and 9781844573455 for the hardback.

Table of Contents after the break.


Introduction: The Coming of Age of Chinese Cinemas Studies
By Song Hwee Lim and Julian Ward

PART ONE: Territories, Trajectories, Historiographies

1. Transnational Chinese Film Studies/Studies of Transnational Chinese Film
By Chris Berry

2. National Cinema as Translocal Practice: Reflections on Chinese Film
Historiography
By Yingjin Zhang

3. Cinemas of the Chinese Diaspora
By Gina Marchetti

4. Six Chinese Cinemas in Search of a Historiography
By Song Hwee Lim

PART TWO: Early Cinema to 1949

5. Shadow Magic and the Early History of FilmExhibition in China
By Xuelei Huang and Zhiwei Xiao

6. The Making of a National Cinema: Shanghai Films of the 1930s
By Laikwan Pang

7. Wartime Cinema: Reconfiguration and Border Navigation
By Yiman Wang

8. Chinese Filmmaking on the Eve of the Communist Revolution
By Paul Pickowicz

PART THREE: The Forgotten Period: 1949-1980

9. The remodelling of a national cinema: Chinese films of the 17 Years
(1949-1966)
By Julian Ward

10. Healthy Realism in Taiwan, 1964-1980: Film Style, Cultural Policies,
and Mandarin Cinema
By Guo-Juin Hong

11. The Hong Kong Cantonese Cinema: Emergence, Development and Decline
By Stephen Teo

PART FOUR: The New Waves

12. The Fifth Generation: A Re-assessment
By Wendy Larson

13. Taiwan New Cinema and Its Legacy
By Tonglin Lu

14. The Hong Kong New Wave: A Critical Reappraisal
By Vivian P. Y. Lee

PART FIVE: Stars, Auteurs and Genres

15. Dragons Forever: Chinese Martial Arts Stars
By Leon Hunt

16. The Contemporary Wuxia Revival: Genre Remaking and the Hollywood
Transnational Factor
By Kenneth Chan

17. On the Shoulders of Giants: Tsai Ming-liang, Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan
and the Struggles of Second Generation Auteurism
By James Udden

18. The Urban Generation: Underground and Independent Films from the PRC
By Jason McGrath

19. Contemporary Mainstream PRC Cinema
By Yomi Braester

20. Contemporary Meta Chinese Film Stardom and Transnational Transmedia
Celebrity
By Anne Ciecko

Afterword: Liquidity of Being
By Rey Chow

Appendix
Book-length Studies of Chinese Cinemas in the English Language
Compiled by Wan-Jui Wang, Louise Williams and Song Hwee Lim

Chinese Names
Compiled by Zou Yijie

Chinese Film Titles
Compiled by Zou Yijie

Index

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