Chinese Film Stars by Mary FarquharChinese Film Stars by Mary Farquhar

Chinese Film Stars

EditorMary Farquhar, Yingjin Zhang

Paperback | August 7, 2011

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This volume of original essays fills a significant research gap in Chinese film studies by offering an interdisciplinary, comparative examination of ethnic Chinese film stars from the silent period to the era of globalization. Whereas studies of stars and stardom have developed considerably in the West over the past two decades, there is no single book in English that critically addresses issues related to stars and stardom in Chinese culture.

Chinese Film Starsoffers exemplary readings of historically, geographically and aesthetically multifaceted star phenomena. An international line up of contributors test a variety of approaches in making sense of discourses of stars and stardom in China and the US, explore historical contexts in which Chinese film stars are constructed and transformed in relation to changing sociopolitical conditions, and consider issues of performance and identity specific to individual stars through chapter-by-chapter case studies. The essays explore a wide range of topics such as star performance, character type, media construction, political propaganda, online discourses, autobiographic narration, as well as issues of gender, genre, memory and identity.

Including fifteen case studies of individual Chinese stars and illustrated with film stills throughout, this book is an essential read for students of Chinese film, media and cultural studies.

Mary Farquharis a Professor at Griffith University, Australia. She studied at Beijing University and specializes in China studies. HerChildren's Literature in China: From Lu Xun to Mao Zedong(M.E. Sharpe, 1999) won an International Children's Literature Association Award for the most distinguished, scholarly book. She is the co-author ...
Title:Chinese Film StarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 7, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415690277

ISBN - 13:9780415690270


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Chinese Film StarsYingjin Zhang and Mary Farquhar Part I: Early Cinema: Crossing Race and Class Divides  2. Anna May Wong: A Border-crossing 'Minor' Star Mediating PerformanceYiman Wang 3. Ruan Lingyu: Reflections on an Individual Performance StyleMette Hjort 4. Li Lili: Acting a Lively Jianmei TypeSean MacDonald Part II: Socialist Cinema: From Film Star to Model Worker 5. Mei Lanfang: Facial Signature and Political Performance in Opera Film John Zou 6. Zhao Dan: Spectrality of Martyrdom and StardomYingjin Zhang 7. Zhang Ruifang: Modelling the Socialist Red StarXiaoning Lu 8. Zhong Xinghuo: Communist Film WorkerKrista Van Fleit Hang Part III: Taiwan Cinema: Diaspora, Transvestism,Non-professionalism  9. Ling Bo: Orphanhood and Post-war Sinophone Film HistoryZHANG Zhen 10. Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia: Last Eastern Star of the Late Twentieth CenturyTony Williams 11. Lee Kang-sheng: Non-professional Star Michael Lawrence Part IV: Hong Kong and Transnational Cinema: Action, Gender, Emotion  12. 'Bruce Lee' after Bruce Lee: A Life in ConjecturesBrian Hu 13. Jackie Chan: Star Work as Pain and Triumph Mary Farquhar 14. Chow Yun-fat: Hong Kong's Modern TV XiaoshengLin FENG 15. Leslie Cheung: Star as AutosexualJulian Stringer16. Jet Li: Star Construction and Fan Discourse on the InternetSabrina Qiong Yu