Envisioning Taiwan: Fiction, Cinema, and the Nation in the Cultural Imaginary by June Yip (Paperback, 2004)
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- DescriptionIn discussions of postcolonial nationhood and cultural identity, Taiwan is often overlooked. Yet the island--with its complex history of colonization--presents a particularly fascinating case of the struggle to define a nation in an increasingly post-national world. While the mainland Chinese government has been unequivocal in its resistance to Taiwanese independence, on the island government control has gradually passed from mainland Chinese immigrants to the Taiwanese themselves. Two decades of democratization and the arrival of consumer culture have made the island a truly global space. Envisioning Taiwan sorts through these complexities, skilfully weaving together history and cultural analysis to give both a picture of Taiwanese identity and a lesson on the usefulness and the limits of contemporary cultural theory. Yip traces a distinctly Taiwanese sense of self vis-a-vis China, Japan, and the West through two of the island's most important cultural movements: the hsiang-t'u (or nativist ) literature of the 1960s and 1970s, and the Taiwanese New Cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. At the heart of the book are close readings of the work of the hsian-t'u writer Hwang Chun-ming and the New Cinema filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. Key figures in Taiwan's assertion of a national identity separate and distinct from China, both artists portray the richness and complexity of daily life on the island. Through Chun-ming's and Hou's work and their respective artistic movements, Yip explores the imagining of a nation on the local, national, and global levels. In the process, she exposes a perceptible shift away from traditional models of cultural authenticity towards a more fluid, postmodern hybridity--an evolution that reflects both Taiwan's peculiar multicultural reality and broader trends in global culture.
- Author BiographyJune Yip is an independent scholar living in Los Angeles. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she has taught Chinese film.
- Author(s)June Yip
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication07/10/2004
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleAsia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note19 b&w photographs
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
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