Transnation/transmedia/transtext: border-crossing from screen to stage in Greater China
Author: Ferrari, Rossella
Source: Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Volume 2, Number 1, 1 May 2008 , pp. 53-65(13)
Abstract:This essay attempts to reconceptualize transnational Chinese cinema along transmedial and transtextual lines by examining two collaborative stage projects devised by major film-makers and theatre practitioners from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China under the aegis of Hong Kong art collective Zuni Icosahedron. The multimedia performances Journey to the East '97 and Experimental Shakespeare: King Lear exemplify a trend in Chinese transnationalism which transgresses and transcends not only regional and geopolitical borders but also textual, linguistic and disciplinary ones. The essay further investigates the ways in which transmedial frictions and interactions are exploited in these productions to articulate chronotopic dichotomies of presence/absence and appearance/disappearance in relation to Hong Kong's fate and inter-Chinese political developments after 1997.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2008-05-01
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