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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208166

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001

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Homelessness and Self-Disclosure

Homelessness and Self-Disclosure

Evans Chan’s “Minor” Cinema

(p.35) Chapter Four Homelessness and Self-Disclosure
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories

Hector Rodriguez

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines Evans Chan’s cerebral and personal film The Map of Sex and Love with reference to the concepts raised by Georg Lukacs in his seminal The Theory of the Novel. It is a film marked by homelessness: the impending changes in Hong Kong’s physical landscape give viewers a sense of precariousness of life. The film’s manifold intertextual references embrace philosophy, Cantonese and Western operas, classical Chinese cinema, and English language poetry. As with the other works of Evans Chan, there is a strong conviction that narrative form should treat the absurd as a necessary condition of meaning.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, Georg Lukacs, Absurdity, Intertextuality, Homelessness, history

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