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New Book on Shanghai Filmmaking

Sep 05, 2014

Shanghai filmmaking is the topic of a new book published by Dr. Xuelei Huang. She was group member of the project “Rethinking Trends” and is now fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

In the book “Shanghai Filmmaking: Crossing Borders, Connecting to the Globe, 1922-1938”, Xuelei Huang invites readers to go on an intimate, detailed, behind-the-scenes tour of the world of early Chinese cinema. She paints a nuanced picture of the Mingxing Motion Picture Company, the leading Chinese film studio in the 1920s and 1930s, and argues that Shanghai filmmaking involved a series of border-crossing practices.

Shanghai filmmaking developed in a matrix of global cultural production and distribution, and interacted closely with print culture and theatre. People from allegedly antagonistic political groupings worked closely with each other to bring a new form of visual culture and a new body of knowledge to an audience in and outside China. By exploring various border crossings, this book sheds new light on the power of popular cultural production during China’s modern transformation.

Dr. Xuelei Huang is associate member of the Cluster “Asia & Europe”. She was group member of the Project B12 “Rethinking Trends” from 2008 to 2011. The project was completed in 2012. Currently, she is Chancellor’s Fellow in Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Shanghai Filmmaking: Crossing Borders, Connecting to the Globe, 1922-1938” was published by Brill in August, 2014. The book began as the PhD dissertation Dr. Xuelei Huang completed in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Mittler at the Institute for Chinese Studies of Heidelberg University. The dissertation was winner of Ruprecht Karls Preis in 2011.


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