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Melodrama and Asian Cinema : Cambridge Studies in Film - Wimal Dissanayake

Melodrama and Asian Cinema

Cambridge Studies in Film

By: Wimal Dissanayake (Editor)

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Published: 28th May 1993
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Cinema is a dominant force in the lives of many people living in Asia, a continent that has a number of distinguished national film industries. A concept central to much of Asian film production is melodrama. This path-breaking study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia. Exploring the various ways that melodrama operates with theoretical sophistication, the various essays contained in this volume shed light on the different traditions of Asian cinema, as well as on the wider cultural discourse in which they participate.

"This book should be required reading for any student or scholar in film or cultural studies." Journal of Communication "...the book is a welcome addition to the still scarce library on Asian cinema in English and may provide a source of inspiration for those interested in either melodrama or Asian Cinema." Yang Ye, Journal of Developing Societies "The essays in Wimal Dissanayake's volume illustrate the importance of melodrama to Chinese film studies. Informed by multiple theoretical models, they offer many interesting...readings of Chinese films." Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars

Introduction
Melodrama/subjectivity/ideology: Western melodrama theories and their relevance (or not) to recent Chinese cinema
Symbolic representation and symbolic violence: Chinese family melodrama of the early 1980's
The Goddess Reflections on melodrama East and West
History and its discontent: melodrama as historical understanding
Melodrama, postmodernism and Japanese cinema
Staging the subject: the melodramatisation of gender in An Actor's Revenge
Insiders and outsiders: cross-cultural criticism and Japanese film melodrama
Psyches, ideologies and melodrama: US and Japan
Andaz
The concept of evil and social order in Indian melodrama: an evolving dialectic
Politics of melodrama in Indonesian cinema
Power, pleasure and desire: the female body in Filipino melodrama
The register of nightmare: melodrama as it (dis)appears in Australian film
Overview: what is American about film study in America?
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ISBN: 9780521414654
ISBN-10: 0521414652
Series: Cambridge Studies in Film
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th May 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61