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Moving Figures: Class and Feeling in the Films of Jia Zhangke

Corey Kai Nelson Schultz


This book examines how the films of the Chinese Sixth Generation filmmaker Jia Zhangke evoke the affective “felt” experience of China’s contemporary social and economic transformations, by examining the class figures of worker, peasant, soldier, intellectual, and entrepreneur that are found in the films. Each chapter analyzes a figure’s socio-historical context, its filmic representation, and its recurring cinematic tropes in order to understand how they create what Raymond Williams calls “structures of feeling” – feelings that concretize around particular times, places, generations, and class ... More

Keywords: Chinese film, Chinese visual culture, Jia Zhangke, Sixth Generation filmmakers, Film phenomenology, Aesthetics, Chinese social change, Chinese classes, Reform era, Maoist visual culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474421614
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey Kai Nelson Schultz, author
University of Southampton