1st Edition

The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture Altering Archives

Edited By Peng Hsiao-yen, Ella Raidel Copyright 2018
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Cinema archives memories, conserves the past, and rewrites histories. As much as the Sinophone embodies differences, contemporary Sinophone cinemas in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China invest various images of contested politics in order to assert different histories and self-consciousness. As such, Sinophone cinemas and image production function as archives, with the capability of reinterpreting the multiple dimensions of past and present.

    The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture investigates Sinophone films and art projects that express this desire for archiving and reconfiguring the past. Comprising ten chapters, this book brings together contributors from an array of disciplines - artists, filmmakers, curators, film critics, and literary scholars - to grapple with the creative ambiguities of Sinophone cinemas and image culture. Blending eclectic methods of scholarly research, knowledge-making, and art-making into a new discursive space, the chapters address the diverse complexities of the cinematic culture and image production in Sinitic language regions.

    This book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of film studies, China studies, East Asian studies, Taiwan studies, and Sinophone studies, as well as professionals who work in the film industry.

    Introduction Peng Hsiao-yen and Ella Reidal

    I. Remembering China: The Individual Self, the Collective, and the State Apparatus

    Chapter 1. Why Remember Everyday Movie-Going in Cultural Revolution Shanghai? Chris Berry

    Chapter 2. Persuasive Communication in Chinese Historical Film: The Founding of a Republic as a Milestone Isabel Wolte

    Chapter 3. Images of Redress and Rehabilitation: "pingfan (in) film" and perceptions of coming to terms with the past in China Agnes Schick-Chen

    Chapter 4. A Familiar Stranger - Grierson in China Xinyu Lu

    II. Politicizing Archives: Artists and Digital History

    Chapter 5. The Use and Abuse of the Archives in Contemporary Art Hongjohn Lin

    Chapter 6. Making Reverberation: Residue of Sounds and Images Chen Chieh-jen

    Chapter 7. The Digital Emergence of a New History: The Archiving of Colonial Japanese Documentaries on Taiwan Yu-lin Lee

    III. Manufactured Archives: the Fictional Memory

    Chapter 8. Wong Kar-wai’s Mood Trilogy: Robot, Tears, and the Affective Aura Peng Hsiao-yen

    Chapter 9. The Missing and the Fictional Memory: Leitmotifs of Tsai Ming Liang’s Oeuvre Ella Raidel

    Chapter 10. Light and Shadow of Jianghu: Peering into the Contemporary Political Mythology in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Grandmaster Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo


    Peng Hsiao-yen is Research Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

    Ella Raidel is Senior Postdoc (Elise-Richter-PEEK) at Art University Linz, Austria.