2015-2016 School of Chinese Seminar
Listening to Films: Daily Life and Auditory Practice in 1970s China
黃心村教授 Prof. Nicole Huang
Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date and Time: October 30, 2015 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
This lecture focuses on listening practices in 1970s China and examines the cinematic soundtracks of a handful of films, domestic and foreign, that were edited specifically for the purpose of radio broadcasting. Coined as ‘edited film recording’, this made-for-radio sonic compilation is a new product, one that takes crucial pieces from the original soundtrack but has significant editorial input, specifically in the insertion of an omniscient narrator. Film production was also designed for auditory consumption outside of the theatre, on gramophone and radio, before television entered individual households in China. Film literacy thus could be achieved without an actual access to the film products themselves. The hybridity of the genre created an illusion of broader and equal access to the symbolic order of a socialist visual culture. The transitional period in China can be seen as a decade of cross-platform saturation of media culture on a high level.
Nicole Huang is Professor of modern Chinese literature and visual culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. orn in China, she received a B.A. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the author of WOMEN, WAR, DOMESTICITY: SHANGHAI LITERATURE AND POPULAR CULTURE OF THE 1940S (Leiden, 2005) and the coeditor of WRITTEN ON WATER: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS BY EILEEN CHANG (New York, 2005). Huang has directed the Center for East Asian Studies and the Wisconsin China Initiative at UW-Madison. Her current work engages visual and auditory media of late Mao China.
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