"Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema of the Mao Era"
Since its birth, Chinese cinema has been exploring the ways to engage with China’s art traditions, and these engagements can range from violently iconoclastic to devotedly reverential. Among these traditions, literati landscape painting has remained of perennial interest among filmmakers; not only does it promise an inexhaustible treasure to mine for inspiration, but it also is regarded as an indigenous and recognizable aesthetics which often becomes useful in the discourse of national cinema or in the ambition to forge a “Chinese cinematic poetics.” This book focuses on these “problematic” or even “poisonous” films, words used in official criticism from the Party’s media, and demonstrates that in these films lies the lineage between cinema and the aesthetics of traditional landscape art.
*Paola Iovene will serve as Discussant. Professor Iovene is Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
Mia Yinxing Liu is Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at California College of the Arts. Her scholarship focuses on inter-medium dialogues and dynamics in modern Chinese art and visual culture, such as paintings, optical devices, photography, and cinema.
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