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Confronting Modernity in the Cinemas of Taiwan and Mainland China - Tonglin Lu

Confronting Modernity in the Cinemas of Taiwan and Mainland China

Hardcover Published: 6th August 2001
ISBN: 9780521806770
Number Of Pages: 258

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This book is a cultural study of New Wave cinema that considers the experience of modernity and modernization in Taiwan and mainland China. While following separate paths, Taiwan and China have rapidly modernized, economically and culturally, since 1949. Despite differences in the political, social, and economic systems of these countries, the process of modernization in both have challenged traditional cultural norms. Tonglin Lu examines how differences in cultural formation between Taiwan and China have influenced reactions to modernity and how cultural identity has taken different forms on both sides of the Taiwan straits. She illustrates how these differences in the experience of modernity are expressed through analysis of paradigmatic films produced in both countries, with a particular emphasis on their formal experiments.

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"Lu's book will help scholars understand major themes in China's "fifth generation" directors, who grew up during the Cultural Revolution, and those directors of Taiwan known as "new cinema" filmmakers." CHOICE

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
On the Cultural and Ideological Margins
Continuity and Subversionp. 25
Allegorical and Realistic Portrayals of the Cultural Revolutionp. 58
In Search of Tradition in the Midst of Modernization
From a Voiceless Father to a Father's Voicep. 95
Melodrama of the Cityp. 116
The Third-World Intellectual in the Era of Globalization
The Zhang Yimou Modelp. 157
Culture and Violencep. 173
A Postcolonial Reflectionp. 191
Epiloguep. 207
Notesp. 213
Glossaryp. 229
Bibliographyp. 233
Filmographyp. 239
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780521806770
ISBN-10: 0521806771
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 6th August 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55