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Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China$
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Yingjin Zhang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833374

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833374.001.0001

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Cinema, Space, Polylocality

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Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China

Yingjin Zhang

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines contemporary Chinese cinema and culture in terms of space and polylocality by focusing on “stories-so-far.” It explores distinctive threads in a multitude of these “stories-so-far” concerning cinema, space, and polylocality in a globalizing China. These stories are seen through the abstraction of theoretical discourses, projected through imagination and technology on the screen, circulated through an array of spaces and places at different geographic scales, and received through negotiation in the experiential realm of everyday life. This introductory chapter considers theories of space, place, locality, and globalization that inform the book's discussion on trans/national cinema, the spaces of production and reception, the remapping of the city and polylocality, subjectivities and modes of independent filmmaking, performative documentaries, and piracy as intervention, as well as glocal, transnational market dynamics.

Keywords:   space, Chinese cinema, Chinese culture, polylocality, place, locality, globalization, transnational cinema, independent filmmaking, piracy

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