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Emergent National Discourses: Mythmaking and the National Story in Taiwanese Roadtrip Films

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The Taiwanese New Cinema (TNC) seems as fresh and relevant today in academic circles as the films actually were in the 1980s and early 1990s, with the rapidly rising popularity of Sinophone cinema studies. Relatively little emphasis, however, seems to be placed on the harsh reality that the TNC is by all practical measures, a relic of a currently non-existent Taiwanese film industry. The year 2007 saw the concomitant releases of not one, but a series of roadtrip films. Roadtrip narratives are as effective in one mythical space over another when it comes to the production of "national" discourses.

Keywords: Cape No. 7; National discourse; Taiwanese new cinema; hybrid; nomadic subjects; roadtrip films

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-03-01

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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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