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The Resource The distorting mirror : visual modernity in China, Laikwan Pang

The distorting mirror : visual modernity in China, Laikwan Pang

Label
The distorting mirror : visual modernity in China
Title
The distorting mirror
Title remainder
visual modernity in China
Statement of responsibility
Laikwan Pang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Distorting Mirror analyzes the multiple and complex ways in which urban Chinese subjects saw themselves interacting with the new visual culture that emerged during the turbulent period between the 1880s and the 1930s. The media and visual forms examined include lithography, photography, advertising, film, and theatrical performances. Urbanites actively engaged with and enjoyed this visual culture, which was largely driven by the subjective desire for the empty promises of modernity--promises comprised of such abstract and fleeting concepts as new, exciting, and fashionable. Detailing and analyzing the trajectories of development of various visual representations, Laikwan Pang emphasizes their interactions. In doing so, she demonstrates that visual modernity was not only a combination of independent cultural phenomena, but also a partially coherent sociocultural discourse whose influences were seen in different and collective parts of the culture. The work begins with an overall historical account and theorization of a new lithographic pictorial culture developing at the end of the nineteenth century and an examination of modernity's obsession with the investigation of the real. Subsequent chapters treat the fascination with the image of the female body in the new visual culture; entertainment venues in which this culture unfolded and was performed; how urbanites came to terms with and interacted with the new reality; and the production and reception of images, the dynamics between these two being a theme explored throughout the book. Modernity, as the author shows, can be seen as spectacle. At the same time, she demonstrates that, although the excessiveness of this spectacle captivated the modern subject, it did not completely overwhelm or immobilize those who engaged with it. After all, she argues, they participated in and performed with this ephemeral visual culture in an attempt to come to terms with their own new, modern self
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pang, Laikwan
Dewey number
700.951/09034
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NX583.A1
LC item number
P35 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arts, Chinese
  • Arts, Chinese
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Arts and society
  • ART
  • ART
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Arts and society
  • Arts, Chinese
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
Label
The distorting mirror : visual modernity in China, Laikwan Pang
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-272) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • PART II: The Theatrical
  • Chapter Four. Peking Opera, from Listening to Watching
  • Chapter Five. Walking into and out of China's Early Film Scene
  • Chapter Six. Magic and Modernity
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  • Frontmatter
  • contents
  • acknowledgments
  • INTRODUCTION
  • PART I : The Pictorial
  • chapter one .The Pictorial Turn and the Realist Desire
  • Chapter Two. Photography, Performance, and the Making of Female Images
  • Chapter Three. Advertising and the Visual Display of Women
Control code
259711755
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 280 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864675
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62v0pr
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)259711755
Label
The distorting mirror : visual modernity in China, Laikwan Pang
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-272) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • PART II: The Theatrical
  • Chapter Four. Peking Opera, from Listening to Watching
  • Chapter Five. Walking into and out of China's Early Film Scene
  • Chapter Six. Magic and Modernity
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  • Frontmatter
  • contents
  • acknowledgments
  • INTRODUCTION
  • PART I : The Pictorial
  • chapter one .The Pictorial Turn and the Realist Desire
  • Chapter Two. Photography, Performance, and the Making of Female Images
  • Chapter Three. Advertising and the Visual Display of Women
Control code
259711755
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 280 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864675
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62v0pr
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)259711755

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