TV Drama in China

Ying Zhu (Editor), Michael Keane (Editor), Ruoyun Bai (Editor)

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This collection of essays brings together the first comprehensive study of TV drama in China. Examining in depth the production, distribution and consumption of TV drama, the international team of experts demonstrate why it remains the pre-eminent media form in China. The examples are diverse, highlighting the complexity of producing narrative content in a rapidly changing political and social environment. Genres examined include the revisionist Qing drama, historical and contemporary domestic dramas, anti-corruption dramas, “pink” dramas, Red Classics, stories from the Diaspora, and sit-coms. In addition to genres, the collection explores industry dynamics: how TV dramas are marketed and consumed on DVD, and China’s aspirations to export its television drama rights. The book provides an international and cross-cultural perspective with chapters on Taiwanese TV drama in China, the impact of South Korean drama, and trans-border production between the Mainland and Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)9789622099401, 9622099408
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Publication series

NameTransAsia: Screen Cultures


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