Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

Note on Chinese Romanization, Translation, and Citation

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pp. xv-xviii

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Introduction Going Slow

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pp. 1-10

In a Calabrian village in southern Italy, an elderly goatherd tends to his flock by day and copes with his cough by night, workmen meticulously build a mound-like kiln to turn wood into charcoal, and an enormous tree is felled and trimmed before being erected in the center of the village for a celebratory ritual. Seasons come and go, the goatherd dies...

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Chapter 1: Slowness

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pp. 11-42

In a recent piece on world cinema and drawing on Jia Zhangke’s The World (Shijie, 2004) in his closing remarks, Dudley Andrew declared : “Let The World be the beginning of a general return to genuine cinema, which Serge Dancy claimed has nothing to do with spectacle and everything to do with time, time that passes” (2010b, 86). Elsewhere, in his...

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Chapter 2: Signature

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pp. 43-76

If the recent debate on slowness in cinema has been conducted “among international cinephiles” (James 2010b, 5), what then is the relationship between discourses on cinephilia and a cinema of slowness? In this chapter, I propose that Tsai Ming-liang’s films are uniquely placed to illuminate the relationship between slowness and cinephilia and that this...

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Chapter 3: Stillness

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pp. 77-115

The relationship between photography and film has obsessed theorists and practitioners alike since the invention of cinema, with many recent publications reconsidering the relationship in light of new digital technologies (Beckman and Ma 2008b; Campany 2008; Green and Lowry 2006; Mulvey 2006; Sutton 2009). At the center of this...

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Chapter 4: Silence

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pp. 116-149

In the making and study of films, sound tends to be an aspect that does not receive as much attention as the image. Not only is sound “generally under-valued in film and television, both in professional productions and where it is taught, in film schools and media courses” (Sider 2003, vii), film sound still exists “in the shadow of the image” and “nearly all...

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Epilogue: Getting Lost

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pp. 150-156

In a pop-up gallery in the city center of Newcastle, England, a white car is being crashed into an artificial white wall at the speed of 7 mm per hour. Exhibited as part of the city’s AV Festival, whose theme for 2012 was “As Slow as Possible,” Jonathan Schipper’s work...

Notes

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pp. 157-176

Tsai Ming-liang Filmography

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pp. 177-184

Glossary of Chinese Terms

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pp. 185-188

Works Cited

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pp. 189-204

Index

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pp. 205-218

About the Author, Production Notes

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