China in the Age of Global Capitalism: Jia Zhangke's Filmic World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China in the Age of Global Capitalism

Jia Zhangke's Filmic World, 1st Edition

By Xiaoping Wang

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210 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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Jia Zhangke is praised as “the most internationally prominent and celebrated figure of the Six-Generation of Chinese filmmakers”. This book provides an examination the content and forms of Jia’s featured films and analyzes their merits and faults.

Jia’s films often narrate the lives of ordinary Chinese people against the backdrop of the political-economic changes. The author conducts an in-depth analysis of how this change have ferociously impinged upon the characters’ living conditions since China integrated itself with the world economy in the high tide of accelerated globalization since the 1970s. The author focuses on discussing the “politics of dignity” expressed by Jia’s allegorical renditions to explore the director’s political unconsciousness and cultural-political notions.

This book maps ten of Jia Zhangke’s films onto three major themes: Jia’s filmmaking and China in the market society; truth claims and political unconscious; “post-socialist modernity” in the age of globalization. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese film studies, as well as other disciplines, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Table of Contents

This book provides an examination of the content and forms ofJia Zhangke’s featured films and analyzes their merits and faults. It maps ten of his films onto three major themes: Jia’s filmmaking and China in the market society; truth claims and political unconscious; “post-socialist modernity” in the age of globalization. By analyzing Jia’s narrative strategies, the author strives to discuss the impact of the larger political economic changes on ordinary people in Jia’s films and the director’s cultural political notion. This book will certainly be of interest for students and scholars of Chinese film studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, etc.

About the Author

Xiaoping Wang is Chair Professor of Chinese studies at Huaqiao University and adjunct professor of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University. His research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture and critical theory.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.

 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies