The first of its kind in English, this collection explores
twenty one well established and lesser known female filmmakers from
mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora.
Sixteen scholars illuminate these filmmakers' negotiations of local
and global politics, cinematic representation, and issues of gender
and sexuality, covering works from the 1920s to the present.
Writing from the disciplines of Asian, women's, film, and auteur
studies, contributors reclaim the work of Esther Eng, Tang Shu
Shuen, Dong Kena, and Sylvia Chang, among others, who have
transformed Chinese cinematic modernity.
Chinese Women's Cinema is a unique, transcultural,
interdisciplinary conversation on authorship, feminist cinema,
transnational gender, and cinematic agency and representation.
Lingzhen Wang's comprehensive introduction recounts the history and
limitations of established feminist film theory, particularly its
relationship with female cinematic authorship and agency. She also
reviews critiques of classical feminist film theory, along with
recent developments in feminist practice, altogether remapping
feminist film discourse within transnational and interdisciplinary
contexts. Wang's subsequent redefinition of women's cinema, and
brief history of women's cinematic practices in modern China,
encourage the reader to reposition gender and cinema within a
transnational feminist configuration, such that power and knowledge
are reexamined among and across cultures and nation-states.
Subjects: Film Studies, Sociology, History
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