Dr. Qi Wang recently published a new book entitled Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema (Edinburgh Studies in East Asian Film), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. Dr. Wang teaches in the School of Literature, Media and Communications at Georgia Tech, and is an associate of the China Research Center. Her book is available on Amazon.
Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema provides a historically informed examination of independent moving image works made between 1990 and 2010 in China. Showcasing an evolving personal mode of narrating memory, documenting reality, and inscribing subjectivity in over sixteen selected works that range from narrative film and documentary to experimental video and digital media (even including a multimedia avant-garde play), this book presents a provocative portrait of the independent filmmakers as a peculiarly pained yet active group of historical subjects of the transitional, post-socialist era. Through a connected investigation of cultural and cinematic concepts including historical consciousness, personal memory, narrative, performance, subjectivity, spatiality, and the body, Wang weaves a critical narrative of the formation of a unique post-socialist cultural consciousness that enables independent cinema and media to become a highly significant and effective conduit for historical thinking in contemporary China.
—Comprehensive and in-depth; an essential reading for all students and scholars in Chinese film
—Examining the breadth of independent Chinese cinema including documentary and experimental video
—Including 12 case studies
—Covering directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Jia Zhangke, Jiang Wen, Lou Ye, Meng Jinghui, Wang Bing, Wang Guangli, Duan Jinchuan, Cui Zi’en, Shi Tou, and Tang Danhong