20. Diary of a Homecoming: (Dis-)Inhabiting the Theatrical in Postwar Shanghai Cinema

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Weihong Bao

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch20

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Bao, W. (2012) Diary of a Homecoming: (Dis-)Inhabiting the Theatrical in Postwar Shanghai Cinema, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Columbia University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • diary of a homecoming, (Dis-)inhabiting theatrical, in postwar Shanghai cinema;
  • conceptual, historical, textual, cinema and theater as technologies of perception;
  • cinema and theater in early Western film theory, and the intermediality;
  • Chinese cinema encumbered by Chinese theater, autonomy restored;
  • Chinese cinema, an overshadowing presence of theater;
  • postwar Shanghai, spoken drama, wartime Chongqing to postwar Shanghai;
  • postwar Shanghai cinema, a subgenre of “homecoming” films;
  • intermedial dynamics of cinema and theater, spatial, temporal transformation;
  • Chongqing theater, the fluid boundary of stage and screen, politicized;
  • homecoming, a “postnostalgic condition,” and returnees’ social, spatial dislocation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cinema's Undesirable Other: Theater, Medium-Specificity, and Intermediality

  • Under the Eaves of Chongqing: The Politics of Intermedial Reference

  • Disenchanted Homecoming: Homelessness, Entrapment, and Provincializing Shanghai

  • Diary of a Homecoming: The Ecstasy of Flying Vegetables

  • Conclusion