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Eternal Image in the Mirror: In Pursuit of Modernity and the Construction of Chinese Ethical Film Melodrama

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The cultural analysis of Chinese film can provide a privileged perspective from which to view modernity because the evolution and development of Chinese film culture has been central to the ways in which Chinese modernity has been pursued and conceptualized, especially in an ideological sense. Chinese film melodrama has provided a platform for the discussion of Chinese history and the value of Chinese modernity. In this way it has reflected the development of Chinese society and culture throughout the 20th Century.

Keywords: Chinese film melodrama; ethic; female characters; introjections; modernity; traditional culture

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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