Forming the movie field : film literati in Republican China

Emilie Yueh-yu YEH, Enoch Yee lok TAM

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Abstract

Chinese film historiography of Maoist China, by design, writes off motion pictures, filmmakers, publications, and organizations that were not viewed as offering good support to the founding of the People’s Republic. Likewise, the account told by the other side, that of the Republic of China, also excluded instances and figures that failed to support the Kuomintang (KMT), the Nationalist Party. Political historiography is hence limiting because of its need to follow a linear, teleological narrative that precludes ambiguity, contradictions, and betrayals. These politicized linear, teleological principles have dictated the writing of Chinese film history and, to some extent, Chinese diaspora film historiography. As a result, the past of Chinese-language, or Sinophone cinema, is fraught with glaring omissions, deliberate exclusions, and discrimination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories
EditorsEmilie Yueh-yu YEH
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Chapter10
Pages244-276
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780472901029, 9780472123445
ISBN (Print)9780472053728, 9780472073726
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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Movies
China
Historiography
Literati
Republican
Chinese Language
Chinese Diaspora
Exclusion
History of Film
Filmmaker
Taiwan
Nationalists
Discrimination
Omission
Founding
Cinema
Motion pictures

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YEH, E. Y., & TAM, E. Y. L. (2018). Forming the movie field : film literati in Republican China. In E. Y. YEH (Ed.), Early film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories (pp. 244-276). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
YEH, Emilie Yueh-yu ; TAM, Enoch Yee lok. / Forming the movie field : film literati in Republican China. Early film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories. editor / Emilie Yueh-yu YEH. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018. pp. 244-276
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Early film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories. ed. / Emilie Yueh-yu YEH. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018. p. 244-276.

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