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From Novel to Transformation—The Making and Remaking of China’s “Red Classics”: Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture, Edited by Rosemary Roberts and Li Li

A Book Review by Tony Williams
Film International
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

On the surface, most of this edited collection of essays from Hong Kong University Press (2017) appears to have little to do with media save for the last section. But today, Film (and by implication Media) Studies has long passed the time when it had to be defined as a unique “Seventh Art” to claim its distinctive difference from those other forms of study, such as Literature, to which it appeared to be an unjustified, upstart competitor. If auteur studies has long given way to the more complex realms of “authorship” that involves intersecting features such as culture, history, ideology, and industry to be considered alongside personal aspects of creativity, so today any responsible study of Media must consider other elements in addition to those of the intrinsic aspects of technology. . .

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The Making and Remaking of China’s “Red Classics”: Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture