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Ecology and Chinese-Language Ecocinema

Reimagining a Field, 1st Edition

Edited by Sheldon H. Lu, Haomin Gong


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780367281083
pub: 2019-11-30
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This edited collection explores new developments in the burgeoning field of Chinese ecocinema. With the rampant economic development and a deteriorating environment as a result, cinematic representation of and intervention into ecological problems in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan play an increasingly prominent role as films with ecological concerns, implicit or explicit, become an important force in shaping cinematic scene in contemporary Chinese cinemas. This book aligns itself with the "third wave of ecocriticism", addressing 21st century ecological issues from a global perspective. It also traces the (pre-)history of ecocinema, providing readers with a historical overview this relatively new field. This new anthology, which showcases the latest developments in the study of Chinese ecocinema, will be of huge interest to students and scholars in the fields of Chinese cinema, environmental studies, media and communication studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Revisiting the Field of Chinese Ecocinema, Haomin Gong

Part 1: Eco-Documentaries and Eco-Festivals

1. Mapping Taiwanese Ecodocumentary Landscape: Politics of Aesthetics and Environmental Ethics in Taiwanese Ecodocumentaries, Kuei-fen Chiu

2. Nature in the City: A Study of Hong Kong Independent Eco-Cinema and Eco-Film Festival, Winnie L. M. Yee

Part 2: Contemporary Ecologies

3. Three Ecologies of Cinema, Migration, and the Sea: Anchorage Prohibited and Luzon, Elizebath Wijaya

4. Tracing Extraction in Contemporary Chinese Cinema: Tie Xi Qu and the politics of the resource image, Pietari Kääpä

5. Chai Jing’s Under the Dome: A Multimedia Documentary in the Digital Age, Shuqin Cui

Part 3: Humans and Animals

6. Global Animal Capital and Animal Garbage: Documentary Redemption and Hope, Chia-ju Chang

7. Transcendence and Transgression: Reading Wolf Totem as Environmental World Literature/Cinema? Haomin Gong

8. Fabulating Animals-Human Affinity: Towards an Ethics of Care in Monster Hunt and Mermaid, Fiona Yuk-wa Law

Part 4: Landscape and Nation

9. Sinification by Greening: Politics, Nature, and Ethnic Borderlands in Maoist Ecocinema, Cheng Li

10. No Man’s Land: Eco-Western in Contemporary Chinese Cinema, Kun Qian

About the Editors

Sheldon Lu is professor and chair of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Haomin Gong is Associate Professor of Chinese at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies