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Description - Asian Cinemas by Dimitris Eleftheriotis

An extensive study of Asian film discussing both well-known and unfamiliar works. Asian cinema is an area of increasing interest in Anglo-US film studies while Asian films are now widely distributed and popular with western audiences. This fascination with Asian cinema must be examined in the context of a complex and often problematic relationship between western scholars, students, viewers and Asian films. This book, therefore, examines a number of detailed case studies and uses them in order to investigate the limitations of Anglo-US theoretical models and critical paradigms. By engaging the readers with familiar areas of critical discourse (such as postcolonial criticism, 'national cinema', 'genre', 'authorship' and 'stardom') the book aims to introduce within such contexts the 'unfamiliar' case studies which will be explored in depth and detail. The advantage of such an approach is that it works with the dynamics of familiarity/unfamiliarity and resists the temptation to construct Asian cinemas as a gallery of exotic objects that might be particularly fascinating but remain deeply distant and foreign.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748617760
ISBN-10: 0748617760
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 171mm x mm)
Pages: 488
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dimitris Eleftheriotis

Dimitris Eleftheriotis is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow. Gary Needham is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University.