Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility

ISBN-10: 0231133332

ISBN-13: 9780231133333

Edition: 2007

Authors: Rey Chow

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Rey Chow explores these questions by examining nine contemporary Chinese directors (including Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou, and Ang Lee) whose accomplishments have become historic events in world cinema. Approaching these works from multiple perspectives, including nostalgia, feminine "psychic interiority," commodification, biopolitics, migration, homosexuality, kinship, and incest, and concluding with an account of the Chinese films' surprising affinities with the Hollywood blockbuster Brokeback Mountain, Chow demonstrates how the sentimental consistently appears in the form of stories and pictures not of revolution but of compromise, not of radical departure but of moderation, endurance, and accommodation. What she calls sentimental fabulations-artifacts of cultural transition that exhibit special conceptual logics of their own-are first and foremost contemporary Chinese cinema's invitations to the pleasures and challenges of cross-cultural thinking.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription
Remembrance of Things Past
The Seductions of Homecoming: Temptress Moon and the Question of Origins
Nostalgia of the New Wave: Romance, Domesticity, and the Longing for Oneness in Happy Together
The Everyday in The Road Home and In the Mood for Love: From the Legacy of Socialism to the Potency of Yuan
Migrants' Lore, Women's Options
Autumn Hearts: Filming Feminine "Psychic Interiority" in Song of the Exile
By Way of Mass Commodities: Love in Comrades, Almost a Love Story
All Chinese Families Are Alike: Biopolitics in Eat a Bowl of Tea and The Wedding Banquet
Picturing the Life to Come...
The Political Economy of Vision in Happy Times and Not One Less; or, A Different Type of Migration
"Human" in the Age of Disposable People: The Ambiguous Import of Kinship and Education in Blind Shaft
The Enigma of Incest and the Staging of Kinship Family Remains in The River
Postscript (Inspired by Brokeback Mountain): "The Juice"; or, "The Great Chinese Theme"
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