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Cinema and Desire : Feminist Marxism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua - Jing Wang

Cinema and Desire

Feminist Marxism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua

By: Dai Jinhua, Jing Wang (Editor), Tani E. Barlow (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th September 2002
ISBN: 9781859842645
Number Of Pages: 292

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Dai Jinhua is one of contemporary China's most influential theoreticians and cultural critics. A feminist Marxist, her literary, film, and TV commentary has, over the last decade, addressed an expanding audience in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Cinema and Desire presents Dai Jinhua's best work to date. In these pages she examines the Orientalism that made Zhang Yimou the darling of international film festivals, lays bare Euro-American fantasies about the Sixth Generation of Chinese cinema auteurs, 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 analyzes 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 intricately intertwined.

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""In these luminously powerful essays on Chinese cinema, women's literature, and contemporary popular culture, Dai Jinhua achieves a new historiography. She shows us how to rethink the great themes of nationalism, colonialism, consumerist capaitalism, and modernity itself, Moving, inspiring, and absorbinb from beginning to end."" -- Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University, Hong Kong "The most lucid, complex and brilliant analysis of the Fifth Generation Film (indeed ofg 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 psychoanalytical feminist film criticism and to forward a grounded, 'new Marxist' Chinese school of thinking." - Ella Shohat, City University of New York

Introductionp. 1
Severed Bridge: The Art of the Sons' Generationp. 13
Postcolonialism and Chinese Cinema of the Ninetiesp. 49
A Scene in the Fog: Reading the Sixth Generation Filmsp. 71
Gender and Narration: Women in Contemporary Chinese Filmp. 99
"Human, Woman, Demon": A Woman's Predicamentp. 151
Redemption and Consumption: Depicting Culture in the 1990sp. 172
National Identity in the Hall of Mirrorsp. 189
Invisible Writing: The Politics of Mass Culture in the 1990sp. 213
Rethinking the Cultural History of Chinese Filmp. 235
Dia Jinhua: A Short Biographyp. 264
Select Bibliographiesp. 266
Notes on the Translatorsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9781859842645
ISBN-10: 185984264X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 17th September 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.37 x 15.8  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1