Revisiting Women's Cinema: Feminism, Socialism, and Mainstream Culture in Modern China (Camera Obscura Book) (Paperback)

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In Revisiting Women's Cinema, Lingzhen Wang ponders the roots of contemporary feminist stagnation and the limits of both commercial mainstream and elite minor cultures by turning to socialist women filmmakers in modern China. She foregrounds their sociopolitical engagements, critical interventions, and popular artistic experiments, offering a new conception of socialist and postsocialist feminisms, mainstream culture, and women's cinema. Wang highlights the films of Wang Ping and Dong Kena in the 1950s and 1960s and Zhang Nuanxin and Huang Shuqin in the 1980s and 1990s to unveil how they have been profoundly misread through extant research paradigms entrenched in Western Cold War ideology, post-second-wave cultural feminism, and post-Mao intellectual discourses. Challenging received interpretations, she elucidates how socialist feminism and culture were conceptualized and practiced in relation to China's search not only for national independence and economic development but also for social emancipation, proletarian culture, and socialist internationalism. Wang calls for a critical reevaluation of historical materialism, socialist feminism, and popular culture to forge an integrated emancipatory vision for future transnational feminist and cultural practices.

About the Author

Lingzhen Wang is Professor of East Asian Studies at Brown University, author of Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth-Century China, and editor of Chinese Women's Cinema: Transnational Contexts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478010807
ISBN-10: 1478010800
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2021
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Camera Obscura Book