Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

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Chapter 1. Introduction: Cinema, Space, Polylocality

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pp. 1-15

Three key concepts of space reflect a significant recent development in human geography and social theory. The first is the concept of space as product, according to which space is seen as produced by social, political, and economic forces rather than as a natural given; an analogous concept is Henri Lefebvre’s “production of space,” ...

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Chapter 2. Space of Scholarship: Trans/National and Comparative Studies

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pp. 16-41

More than any other scale discussed in Chapter 1, the scale of the national used to occupy the central attention in film studies, and the resulting myth of a unified national cinema in a given nation-state had tended to hide things from us and is therefore in need of demystification. ...

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Chapter 3. Space of Production: Postsocialist Filmmaking

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pp. 42-72

This chapter moves our attention from the space of scholarship (Chapter 2) to the space of postsocialist filmmaking in China, which has produced an amazing array of what Lefebvre posits as “representational spaces,” defined as instances of “that concrete (practical and social) space-time wherein symbolisms hold sway, ...

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Chapter 4. Space of Polylocality: Remapping the City

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pp. 73-102

To understand what Foucault envisions as the “network that connects points and intersects with its own skein” or the simultaneity of multiple spatialities (see Chapter 1) that structures our experience of the world in the present epoch—requires an ongoing effort of cognitive mapping or remapping of spaces, places, and localities around us. ...

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Chapter 5. Space of Subjectivity: Independent Documentary

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pp. 103-137

Marginality constitutes a set of new tactics that permit independent Chinese filmmakers to open up new spaces for tackling social issues, exploring individual subjectivities, and envisioning different futures. Since the early 1990s, independent film- and videomaking has quickly developed as a new player in Chinese cultural production ...

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Chapter 6. Space of Performance: Media and Mediation

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pp. 138-169

From its initial emphasis on personal visions and individual subjectivity to its recent turn toward audience, amateurism, and activism, Chinese independent filmmaking seems to have traveled a full cycle and now confronts the political once again. But political engagement in contemporary China still entails certain risks, ...

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Chapter 7. Conclusion: Progress, Problems, Prospects

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pp. 170-186

This concluding chapter brings my investigation of cinema, space, and polylocality in a globalizing China up to date by offering an overview of the latest progress of Chinese cinema in the twenty-first century. Among what Massey calls “a simultaneity of stories-so-far,” I pay equal attention to the spaces of production and of exhibition ...

Notes

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pp. 187-218

Filmography, Videography

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pp. 219-230

Bibliography

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pp. 231-250

Index

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pp. 251-258

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About the Author, Production Notes, Back Cover

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Yingjin Zhang (Ph.D., Stanford University) is director of the Chinese Studies Program and professor of Chinese literature and film, comparative literature, and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego. ...