2. Transplanting Melodrama

Observations on the Emergence of Early Chinese Narrative Film

  1. Yingjin Zhang1,2
  1. Zhang Zhen1,2

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch2

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Zhen, Z. (2012) Transplanting Melodrama, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 2

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 2

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994

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Keywords:

  • history and geography of the mainland, and others in Hong Kong, Taiwan;
  • political geography, early Chinese narrative film in transplanting melodrama;
  • Anglophone scholarship on Euro-American melodrama, lesser concern over the rest;
  • “Third Cinema” gravitating a culturalist view, dismissing solely “melodrama”;
  • intra-Asia cultural variations, subsumed under an Asian culture;
  • melodrama's historical formation in theater, complex and multifaceted;
  • cinema and “presentism,” pervading Chinese melodramatic expressions;
  • Hou Yao and Shanghai Cinema, Poet from the Sea and the wenyi genre;
  • transnational “melodramatic imagination” and the Griffith fever;
  • Chinese melodrama, conceptualization anew of unevenness, complexity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Retracing Chinese Melodrama

  • Lost and Found: Hou Yao and Shanghai Cinema

  • Griffith Fever and Vernacular Melodrama

  • Conclusion