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Sound, Image, and Popular Media at the Nexus of Global-China

Sound, Image, and Popular Media at the Nexus of Global-China

Chapter:
(p.3) Overture Sound, Image, and Popular Media at the Nexus of Global-China
Source:
China in the Mix
Author(s):
Ying Xiao
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812605.003.0001

The introduction begins by lays out the theoretical and historical framework of this research, surveying the disciplines of globalization (Arjun Appadurai, Roland Robertson), sound studies (Michel Chion), Chinese film studies (Rey Chow, Zhang Yingjin, Zhang Zhen, Dai Jinhua), cinema and media studies (André Bazin, Miriam Hansen, Gilles Deleuze), and literary and cultural studies (Walter Benjamin, Fredric Jameson, Mikhail Baktin, Michel Foucault, Dick Hebdige, Slavoj Žižek). The chapter then identifies and foregrounds the critical research questions, key arguments, methodologies, and original contributions of this project. It proposes “the critical adoption of sound” and “global vernacularism” as the key concepts to highlight the necessity of integrating sound into visual and media studies and as a new perspective to re-examine and re-evaluate Chinese local experiences in relation to the Hollywood model and to a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena, perceptions, and media affected by the process of modernization and globalization.

Keywords:   global vernacularism, sound studies

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