Colonialism and Nationalism in Asian Cinema

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Wimal Dissanayake
Indiana University Press, 1994 - Performing Arts - 224 pages

"... an important collective work for communication practitioners, students, and scholars who want to have a deeper understanding of film making in Asia and of the promotion of nationalism through communication." —Media Asia

"... a momentous contribution to the study of colonialism and postcoloniality in Asia... " —The Journal of Asian Studies

"This is an excellent model for studies in how the popular, art, and experimental cinemas function in the consideration of nationhood as a configuration of symbols.... This anthology provides an interesting discussion by offering a theoretical framework from which to examine the complex topics of nation, state, identity formation, and collective history in the realm of cinema. It becomes an even more effective tool by playing itself out within a diverse Asian context." —Afterimage

Essays examine the representation of the interlocking discourses of nationhood and history in Asian cinema, dealing with film traditions in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

 

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Contents

Most Nationalistic Selves l
1
Metaphors
11
National Allegory
30
Chinese Cinemas and Nationhoods
42
Text and Context
65
From Mandala
90
First Views
105
Dilemmas of Representation in Thailand
141
The Indonesian Case
162
The Representation of Colonialism in Satyajit Rays
174
Cinema Nationhood and Cultural Discourse in Sri Lanka
190
Contributors
217
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WIMAL DISSANAYAKE, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Hawaii, is the author of several books on cinema, the latest being Melodrama and Asian Cinema.

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