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Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility (review)

Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility... SENTIMENTAL FABULATIONS, CONTEMPORARY CHINESE FILMS: ATTACHMENT IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL VISIBILITY Rey Chow. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, 304 pp. After the influential Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography and Contemporary Chinese Cinema established Rey Chow as one of the most original scholars in cinema studies, her second book on Chinese films, Sentimental Fabulations, provides us with a collection of no less ingenious readings of popular and iconoclastic works by such diverse Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, Tsai Mingliang, and Ang Lee. Bringing them together under a discursive umbrella by the name of "the sentimental," Chow examines their culturally specific fantasy structures as well as their engagements with the complexities of globalization. Although often equated in common usage with affective excess, the sentimental, translated into Chinese as wenqing zhuyi or "warmsentiment-ism," is redefined by Chow as a mood of endurance and accommodation, "a disposition of making compromises [with] that which is oppressive and unbearable" (18). The Chinese films that dramatize such heart-wrenching situations as poverty, familial conflicts, exile, illness, death, and loneliness, however, tend to affirm and perpetuate "an indomitable collective will" embodied by the patriarchal family, clan, village, or nation. Thus, Chow finds filiality, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 61 (3) – Sep 23, 2009

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SENTIMENTAL FABULATIONS, CONTEMPORARY CHINESE FILMS: ATTACHMENT IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL VISIBILITY Rey Chow. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, 304 pp. After the influential Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography and Contemporary Chinese Cinema established Rey Chow as one of the most original scholars in cinema studies, her second book on Chinese films, Sentimental Fabulations, provides us with a collection of no less ingenious readings of popular and iconoclastic works by such diverse Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, Tsai Mingliang, and Ang Lee. Bringing them together under a discursive umbrella by the name of "the sentimental," Chow examines their culturally specific fantasy structures as well as their engagements with the complexities of globalization. Although often equated in common usage with affective excess, the sentimental, translated into Chinese as wenqing zhuyi or "warmsentiment-ism," is redefined by Chow as a mood of endurance and accommodation, "a disposition of making compromises [with] that which is oppressive and unbearable" (18). The Chinese films that dramatize such heart-wrenching situations as poverty, familial conflicts, exile, illness, death, and loneliness, however, tend to affirm and perpetuate "an indomitable collective will" embodied by the patriarchal family, clan, village, or nation. Thus, Chow finds filiality,

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Sep 23, 2009

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