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Melodrama and Asian Cinema

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ISBN-10: 0521414652

ISBN-13: 9780521414654

Edition: 1993

Authors: Wimal Dissanayake, Dudley Andrew, William Rothman

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Cinema is a dominant force in the lives of many people living in Asia, a continent that has a number of distinguished national film industries. A concept central to much of Asian film production is melodrama. This path-breaking study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia. Exploring the various ways that melodrama operates with theoretical sophistication, the various essays contained in this volume shed light on the different traditions of Asian cinema, as well as on the wider cultural discourse in which they participate.
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Book details

List price: $164.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/28/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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Melodrama/subjectivity/ideology: Western melodrama theories and their relevance (or not) to recent Chinese cinema
Symbolic representation and symbolic violence: Chinese family melodrama of the early 1980's
The Goddess Reflections on melodrama East and West
History and its discontent: melodrama as historical understanding
Melodrama, postmodernism and Japanese cinema
Staging the subject: the melodramatisation of gender in An Actor's Revenge
Insiders and outsiders: cross-cultural criticism and Japanese film melodrama
Psyches, ideologies and melodrama: US and Japan
The concept of evil and social order in Indian melodrama: an evolving dialectic
Politics of melodrama in Indonesian cinema
Power, pleasure and desire: the female body in Filipino melodrama
The register of nightmare: melodrama as it (dis)appears in Australian film
Overview: what is American about film study in America?