Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Films and Readings

  • Xiao Cai


Hou’s films create other kinds of temporal relationship between past and present, allowing new possibilities for narrating the past that go beyond theatrical re-creation; and thus allowing for new ways of reading. Such cinematic approaches also have their theoretical counterparts, and throughout this book. I use such theories to elucidate my readings of the films and of the praxis involved in creating those readings. In keeping with the idea of bringing past and present into dialogue with each other, I bring together two major ideas from the twentieth century. One is an approach to historical trauma and the other is an approach to cinema: Gilles Deleuze’s taxonomy of the “time image”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao Cai
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  1. 1.Shanghai University of Engineer ScienceShanghaiChina

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