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Title: Negotiating Chineseness in contemporary Chinese cinemas
Author: Shi, Wei
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 463X
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis attempts to discuss the conceptual notion of Chineseness and its diverse formations in contemporary Chinese cinemas. Here, the question of Chineseness is concerned with the issue of Chinese cultural identity. The initial motivation of this study stems from the rise of Chinese nationalism since the mid-90s in mainland China where the critique on nationalism remains profoundly marginalized and ignored by the mainstream academic research. The effort of deconstructing the nationalist and essentialist affirmation of Chineseness is a pressing theoretical task and this thesis attempts to fill this gap. My main concern is that Chineseness as Chinese cultural identity is unstable, fragmentary, dispersed, and flexible, and the connection between cinematic representations in Chinese cinemas and the construction of Chineseness is contingent, contested, and often competing. Under such concern, the meaning of negotiating Chineseness in this research has two major objectives. First, by focusing how Chineseness is constructed and experienced - specifically, how elements of ethnicity, nation, culture, gender, class, and sexuality interact together in formation of Chineseness -I investigate the multiple meanings and manifestations of Chineseness through the cinematic representations that compliment, contradict, and complicate each other. Second, I try to analyze the social, cultural, and theoretical environments that make these representations possible and problematic. In particular, I conduct what the others of Chineseness are and what the relationships between Chineseness and its others are in different historical and social contexts. By doing so, I hope this research contributes to the anti-essentialist discussions on the issue of Chineseness and intervenes in the debate of Chinese cultural identity in the area of Chinese film studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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