Film Production and Consumption in Contemporary Taiwan

book_9789089648884_178Ya-Feng Mon, Film Production and Consumption in Contemporary Taiwan, The University of Chicago Press, 2016, 215 p.1

This book uses the potent case study of contemporary Taiwanese queer romance films to address the question of how capitalism in Taiwan has privileged the film industry at the expense of the audience’s freedom to choose and respond to culture on its own terms. Interweaving in-depth interviews with filmmakers, producers, marketers, and spectators, Ya-Fong Mon takes a biopolitical approach to the question, showing how the industry uses investments in technoscience, ancillary marketing, and media convergence to seduce and control the sensory experience of the audience—yet that control only extends so far: volatility remains a key component of the filmgoing experience.

  1. Ya-Feng Mon holds a doctorate in media and communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a background in film journalism. []

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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