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East Asian Popular Culture

The Poetics of Chinese Cinema

Editors: Bettinson, Gary, Udden, James (Eds.)

  • Illuminates contemporary Chinese-language films' intended effects on the spectator
  • Offers a detailed expansion of the poetics paradigm into the study of Chinese-language cinemas
  • Includes contributions from leading experts in the field
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About this book

This book examines the aesthetic qualities of particular Chinese-language films and the rich artistic traditions from which they spring. It brings together leading experts in the field, and encompasses detailed and wide-ranging case studies of films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Spring in a Small Town, 24 City, and The Grandmaster, and filmmakers including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Chen Kaige, Fei Mu, Zhang Yimou, Johnnie To, and Wong Kar-wai. By illuminating the form and style of Chinese films from across cinema history, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema testifies to the artistic value and uniqueness of Chinese-language filmmaking. 

About the authors

Gary Bettinson is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Lancaster University, UK and author of The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance (Hong Kong University Press), and chief editor of Asian Cinema journal.

James Udden is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Gettysburg College, USA. He has published extensively on Asian cinema including the book-length monograph, No Man an Island: The Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien (Hong Kong University Press). His current book project concerns the improbable, parallel rise of Taiwan and Iran in the international festival world starting in the mid-1980s.

Reviews

“A refreshing look at film aesthetics in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from the 1940s to the present, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema redirects attention to rich layers of cinematic poetics and appreciates an amazing array of auteurist styles, traditional arts, institutional norms, regional practices, and digital innovations.” (Yingjin Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Chinese Studies and Chair of the Department of Literature, University at California, San Diego, USA)

“A rich and indispensable study of Chinese film poetics … The authors bring engaging variants of the poetic approach to bear on the genres and styles of the 20th and 21st centuries, including revolutionary model opera films, classical Cantonese narratives, modernist films, puzzle films, and documentary.” (Esther Yau, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong)

“Some of the most significant scholars in the field turn their perceptive collective eye toward the sparkling cinematography, complex editing and challenging long-takes of the cinema of the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. An absolute must for anyone interested in film aesthetics and Chinese film culture.” (David Desser, Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Poetics of Chinese Cinema

    Bettinson, Gary

    Pages 1-14

  • Five Lessons from Stealth Poetics

    Bordwell, David

    Pages 15-28

  • Red Poetics: The Films of the Chinese Cultural Revolution Revolutionary Model Operas

    Berry, Chris

    Pages 29-49

  • Renewal of Song Dynasty Landscape Painting Aesthetics Combined with a Contemplative Modernism in the Early Work of Chen Kaige

    Rist, Peter

    Pages 51-77

  • Poetics of Two Springs: Fei Mu versus Tian Zhuangzhuang

    Udden, James

    Pages 79-95

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eBook £52.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55309-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56608-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Poetics of Chinese Cinema
Editors
  • Gary Bettinson
  • James Udden
Series Title
East Asian Popular Culture
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55309-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55309-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56608-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 227
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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