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Melancholy Drift: Marking Time in Chinese Cinema

Jean Ma


This book offers an innovative study of three provocative Chinese directors: Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Tsai Ming-liang, whose highly stylized and non-linear configurations of time have brought new global respect for Chinese cinema. Amplifying motifs of loss, nostalgia, haunting, and ephemeral poetics, they each insist on the significance of being out of time, not merely out of place, as a condition of global modernity and transnational cultures of memory.

Keywords: Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Chinese cinema, loss, nostalgia, poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028054
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Ma, author
Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University