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TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Toward a Postsocialist Cinema? Review of the Literature Changing China Cinema as a Social Institution Film and History 2. Writing on Blank Paper: The Classical Cinema before 1976 as a Didactic Paradigm Industry and Social Institution Sample Texts Characters Narrative Spectator Positioning and Mise-en-Scene 3. Entering Forbidden Zones and Exposing Wounds: Rewriting Socialist History The Initial Response: Continuity and Containment Deng Xiaoping's Power Struggle: Extending the Critique Deng Consolidates Power: Beyond the Cultural Revolution 4. Postsocialism and the Decline of the Hero Complexity Class Background and Party Affiliation Reversal or Transformation of Roles? 5. A Family Affair: Separation and Subjectivity The Incidence of Romantic Love Literary Comparisons Romantic Love, the Family, and the Party Memory, Subjectivity and Community The Peer Group and Chinese Counterculture 6. Ending it All: Bitter Love "?" The Importance of Endings Socialist Tragedies and Obligatory Happy Endings "Let the Audience Decide" 7. Afterword: Foreigner Within, Foreigner Without Filmography Bibliography Appendix: The Corpus, 1976-1981 Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Motion pictures China History, Motion pictures Political aspects China