East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks: Mia Yinxing Liu - "Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema of the Mao Era" - Virtual Event

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Mia Yinxing Liu

Mia Yinxing Liu will discuss Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema of the Mao Era. She will be joined in conversation by Paola Iovene.

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies


About the book: Since its birth, Chinese cinema has been exploring the ways to engage with China’s art
traditions, and these engagements can range from violently iconoclastic to devotedly reverential. Among these traditions, literati landscape painting has remained of perennial interest among filmmakers; not only does it promise an inexhaustible treasure to mine for inspiration, but it also is regarded as an indigenous and recognizable aesthetics which often becomes useful in the discourse of national cinema or in the ambition to forge a “Chinese cinematic poetics.” This book focuses on these “problematic” or even “poisonous” films, words used in official criticism from the Party’s media, and demonstrates that in these films lies the lineage between cinema and the aesthetics of traditional landscape art.

About the author: Mia Yinxing Liu is Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at California College of the Arts. Her scholarship focuses on inter-medium dialogues and dynamics in modern Chinese art and visual culture, such as paintings, optical devices, photography, and cinema.

About the interlocutor: Paola Iovene is Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

About CEAS: The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and its three Committees — the Committee on Japanese Studies, the Committee on Chinese Studies, and the Committee on Korean Studies — work to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community.

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