Colonialism and Nationalism in Asian Cinema

Colonialism and Nationalism in Asian Cinema

Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1994
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20895-8
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... an important collective work for communication practitioners, students, and scholars who want to have a deeper understanding of film making in Asia and of the promotion of nationalism through communication." —Media Asia

... a momentous contribution to the study of colonialism and postcoloniality in Asia... " —The Journal of Asian Studies

This is an excellent model for studies in how the popular, art, and experimental cinemas function in the consideration of nationhood as a configuration of symbols.... This anthology provides an interesting discussion by offering a theoretical framework from which to examine the complex topics of nation, state, identity formation, and collective history in the realm of cinema. It becomes an even more effective tool by playing itself out within a diverse Asian context." —Afterimage

Essays examine the representation of the interlocking discourses of nationhood and history in Asian cinema, dealing with film traditions in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

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WIMAL DISSANAYAKE, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Hawaii, is the author of several books on cinema, the latest being Melodrama and Asian Cinema.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Nationhood, History, and Cinema: Reflections on the Asian Scene
Wimal Dissanayake

1. Warring Bodies: Most Nationalistic Selves
Patricia Lee Masters

2. The Peace Divided in Japanese Cinema: Metaphors of a Demilitarized Nation
Marie Thorsten Morimoto

3. Ideology of the Body in Red Sorghum: National Allegory, National Roots, and Third Cinema
Yingjin Zhang

4. A Nation T(w/o)o: Chinese Cinema(s) and Nationhood(s)
Chris Berry

5. Korean Cinema and the New Realism: Text and Context
Isolde Standish

6. Melodramas of Korean National Identity: From Mandala to Black Republic
Rob Wilson

7. Vietnamese Cinema: First Views
John Charlot

8. Cinema and Nation: Dilemmas of Representation in Thailand
Annette Hamilton

9. National Cinema, National Culture: The Idonesian Case
Karl G. Heider

10. The Representation of Colonialism in Satyajit Ray’s
The Chess Players

11. Cinema, Nationhood, and Cultural Discourse in Sri Lanka
Wimal Dissanayake

12. The End of the National Project? Australian Cinema in the 1990s
Gramem Turner