1st Edition

Chinese Animated Film and Ideology Tradition, Innovation, and Interculturality

By Olga Bobrowska Copyright 2024
    196 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book presents a contextualized overview of the history of Chinese animated film, pointing out the most influential self-definitions of Chinese culture employed in animation art of Mao Zedong’s rule (1949–1976) but largely focusing on the representation strategies created in the times of reforms and opening-up under Deng Xiaoping (1978–1989/1992).

    Deeply grounded in cultural studies, the book employs an interdisciplinary approach, interlacing the reflection with the perspectives of political science, film studies, and film festival studies. It focuses on phenomena anchored to the paradigms of nationalization, reform, and internationalization: among them, nuanced understanding of the minzu (national) category (including the classic style of Chinese animation); invention of wash-and-ink painting animation (shuimo donghua); renewal of film theory and animated film language; soft power and cultural diplomacy; and regular access and co-creation of the international industry (festival distribution).

    This book will be of great interest to those in the fields of animation studies, film studies, political science, Chinese area studies, and Chinese philology.

    1. Nationalization of Animation  2. Animation Reformed  3. Sino-European Opening-Up in the Area of Art-House Animation


    Olga Bobrowska, PhD, is an animated film scholar, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Journalism and International Relations (IDSM) of the UKEN University in Kraków (Uniwersytet Komisji Edukacji Narodowej) (Poland), and co-founder and festival director of StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia/Łódź, Poland).