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Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China : The Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution - Chris Berry

Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China

The Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution

Hardcover Published: 22nd July 2004
ISBN: 9780415947862
Number Of Pages: 255

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This dissertation seeks to determine whether the cycle of films produced after the fall of the 'Gang of Four' in the People's Republic of China in 1976, and representing events during the Cultural Revolution decade of 1966-1976, constitutes a major break with the classical mainland Chinese cinema that had been dominant in that country after 1949. It is widely acknowledged in scholarship about China that Chinese society and culture now is qualitatively different from the heyday of socialism, both in terms of a decline in central control and loss of faith in the socialist vision. This dissertation understands this new culture as postsocialist, and therefore asks if these films constitute the earliest sustained manifestations of postsocialist cinema.

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'Berry is an international voice in Chinese cinema studies ... it is of great significance in understanding Chinese cinema today.' - The China Journal

Introduction : toward a postsocialist cinema?p. 1
Writing on blank paper : the classical cinema before 1976 as a didactic paradigmp. 27
Entering forbidden zones and exposing wounds : rewriting socialist historyp. 77
Postsocialism and the decline of the herop. 101
A family affair : separation and subjectivityp. 115
Ending it all : bitter lovep. 135
Afterword : foreigner within, foreigner withoutp. 155
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ISBN: 9780415947862
ISBN-10: 0415947863
Series: East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology, Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Published: 22nd July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 16.36  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1