What is it about?

Review of Mia Yinxing Liu's new book on Chinese cinema during the Maoist regime. My review casts light on the ways that the author explores the multivalent characters of time-honored literati culture; how the undercurrent of Chinese visual culture interplayed with Maoist cultural and identity politics; and how the film history mirrored the self-portraits of "troubled" Chinese intellectuals in the twentieth century.

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Why is it important?

A diachronic, intermedial, and cross-disciplinary approach to literati painting and its profound impact on Chinese socialist cinema. Combined with the intellectual history of twentieth-century China, this historical account provides rich cinematic representations of Chinese literati culture in the Maoist era.


Writing this review was a great pleasure as the book discusses the captivating intersection of ink painting and film from the perspective of an art historian. Maoist visual culture always fascinates me.

Dr Victoria Young Ji Lee
State University of New York (Korea-FIT)

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This page is a summary of: Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema of the Mao Era, Mia Yinxing Liu (2019), Asian Cinema, October 2020, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/ac_00029_5.
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