Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan by Tony WilliamsPostcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan by Tony Williams

Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

EditorTony Williams

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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This volume offers the first comprehensive survey of the cinema of Evans Chan, a New York-based playwright, author, and filmmaker whose acclaimed films include To Liv(e), The Map of Sex and Love, and Datong. In this collection of essays on Chan's documentary and feature films seven experts on cultural and film studies examine the unique blending of fictional representation, historical investigation, and critical essayism that characterize Chan's oeuvre. They discuss how Chan's work brings out the contradictory nature of the distant and recent past through his exploration of Hong Kong's rapid transformation before and after reunification with China in 1997. The volume concludes with an interview with Evans Chan on his work to date and includes two DVDs containing five of his most important films.

The book will appeal to scholars and students who are interested in China and Hong Kong cinema, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and diaspora studies.

Tony Williams is a professor and area head of film studies in the Department of English, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of John Woo's Bullet in the Head (2009) and editor of George A. Romero: Interviews (2011).
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Title:Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans ChanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.1 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Hong Kong University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9888208160

ISBN - 13:9789888208166

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Table of Contents

List of ContributorsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgments1. Introduction to the Work of Evans Chan, by Tony Williams 2. The Film Essay and Political Discourse in Evans Chan's To Liv(e), by Amy Lee3. Crossings: A Transnational Cinematic Text, by Tony Williams4. Homelessness and Self-Disclosure: Evans Chan's "Minor" Cinema, by Hector Rodriguez5. "Absurd Connections," or Cosmopolitan Conviviality in The Map of Sex and Love, by Kenneth Chan6. Issues of Decolonization: Two Essay Documentaries by Evans Chan, by Tony Williams7. Brecht in Hong Kong: Evans Chan's The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xian, by Gina Marchetti8. Sound and Vision: The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan and Evans Chan in Sorceress of the New Piano, Makrokosmos I & II, and The Maverick Piano, by Michael Ingham9. Global Aches: Teaching Evans Chan's Bauhinia, by Stacilee Ford10. An Interview with Evans Chan, by Tony WilliamsFilmographySelected BibliographyIndex

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This fascinating anthology is a much-needed examination of Chan's eminent yet underappreciated cinema. The volume illuminates his filmmaking from a number of angles, enriching our understanding of his complex engagement with Chinese politics, history, and the essay film. Capped by a comprehensive interview with Chan himself, this indispensable volume does full justice to one of Hong Kong's most literate and literary filmmakers.