Cinema is a dominant force in the lives of many people living in Asia. A concept central to much of Asian film production is melodrama. This path-breaking study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia. Exploring the various ways that melodrama operates with theoretical sophistication, the various essays contained in this volume shed light on the different traditions of Asian cinema, as well as on the wider cultural discourse in which they participate.
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- Date Published: April 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521612081
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Melodrama/subjectivity/ideology: Western melodrama theories and their relevance (or not) to recent Chinese cinema
3. Symbolic representation and symbolic violence: Chinese family melodrama of the early 1980's
4. The Goddess. Reflections on melodrama East and West
5. History and its discontent: melodrama as historical understanding
6. Melodrama, postmodernism and Japanese cinema
7. Staging the subject: the melodramatisation of gender in An Actor's Revenge
8. Insiders and outsiders: cross-cultural criticism and Japanese film melodrama
9. Psyches, ideologies and melodrama: US and Japan
11. The concept of evil and social order in Indian melodrama: an evolving dialectic
12. Politics of melodrama in Indonesian cinema
13. Power, pleasure and desire: the female body in Filipino melodrama
14. The register of nightmare: melodrama as it (dis)appears in Australian film
15. Overview: what is American about film study in America?
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