Lightness of being in China : adaptation and discursive figuration in cinema and theater

Kuoshu, Harry H., 1955-

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  • "This study investigates how ideological discourses in China, especially the national-culture and social-class discourses, dictate cinematic and theatrical figuration. It focuses on a few groups of figures, on screen or stage, to explore their changes (refigurations) as they are adapted from literary texts. It illustrates how social and cultural concerns, at various moments in recent Chinese history, wrestle with each other for an ideologically figurative genesis.
  • The study promotes an understanding of recent Chinese representation, especially that in cinema."--Jacket.


  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Filmography: p. [175]-180.
  • English


  • 1. Introduction -- 2. Visualizing Ah Q: An Allegory's Resistance to Representation -- 3. Dramatizing Xianglin Sao: Light Cast on an Opaque Figure -- 4. The White-Haired Girl & Li Shuangshuang: Female Visibility and The Socialist Feminism -- 5. Othering the National Minorities: Exoticism and the Self-reflexivity -- 6. Filming Marginal Youth: The "Beyond" Syndrome in the Postsocialist City
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