Melancholy drift:marking time in Chinese cinema


其他題名:Marking time in Chinese cinema

作者:Jean Ma


出版社:Hong Kong University Press

出版地:Hong Kong


ISBN:9789888028054; 9789888028061

EISBN:9789882205789 EPUB

分類:戲劇電影  英文書  

Ma offers an innovative study of three provocative Chinese directors: Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Tsai Ming-liang. Focusing on the highly stylized and nonlinear configurations of time in each director’s films, she argues that these directors have brought new global respect for Chinese cinema in amplifying motifs of loss, nostalgia, haunting, absence and ephemeral poetics. Hou, Tsai, and Wong all insist on the significance of being out of time, not merely out of place, as a condition of global modernity. Ma argues that their films collectively foreground the central place of contemporary Chinese films in a transnational culture of memory, characterized by a distinctive melancholy that highlights the difficulty of binding together past and present into a meaningful narrative.

Jean Ma is assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, where she teaches in the Film and Media Studies Program. She is the coeditor, with Karen Beckman, of Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (2008).

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1 Time without Measure, Sadness without Cure
  • 2 Photography’s Absent Times
  • 3 The Post-Classical Art Film
  • 4 The Haunted Movie Theater
  • 5 Chance Encounters and Compulsive Returns
  • Coda
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index