'Play, Liminality, and Alteration in Chinese Cinema'

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Bunche Hall Meeting Room - 11377

Film Stars in the Perspective of Performance Studies

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Free and open to the public.


Center for Chinese Studies
(310) 825-8683



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Star studies approach film stars as “structured polysemy” and anticipate a salient system of meaning for us to decode and appreciate. Performance theory treats meaning as “conjunctural” rather than “structured” and privileges coincident, improvisation and juxtaposition.

Approaching star studies through performance theory helps explore a wealth of filmic techniques and performance tactics. This article focuses on Tony Leung Chiu-Wai’s “self-effacing” performance as repetition and examines special cases of play and liminality as well as presence and absence in Chinese cinema.

These cases challenge our conventional habit of thought and cognition and reveal an unlimited potential of alternative and alteration vis-à-vis history and reality.

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