From Yao Wenyuan to Cui Zi'en: film, history, memory

Author: Pickowicz, Paul G

Source: Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Volume 1, Number 1, 12 December 2006 , pp. 41-53(13)

Publisher: Intellect

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This essay discusses the various ways in which scholars have approached old and new Chinese cinema during the last 35 years. Adopting the perspective of a historian rather than the perspective of a film studies scholar, the essay points to significant breakthroughs in scholarship on Chinese cinema, but dwells on a wide range of problems still facing researchers. The essay takes the form of the author's personal reflection on the development of the Chinese film field, and concludes with an endorsement of multidisciplinary research strategies and methodological flexibility.

Keywords: Communist Party; Greater China; history; memory; theory; underground cinema

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of California at San Diego.

Publication date: December 12, 2006

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  • Journal of Chinese Cinemas is a major refereed academic publication devoted to the study of Chinese film, drawing on the recent world-wide growth of interest in Chinese cinemas. An incredibly diverse range of films has emerged from all parts of the Chinese-speaking world over the last few years, with an ever increasing number of border-crossing collaborative efforts prominent among them. These exciting developments provide abundant ground for academic research.
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