Fighting without fighting: Kung Fu cinema's journey to the West

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White, L. 2022. Fighting without fighting: Kung Fu cinema's journey to the West. London Reaktion Books.
TitleFighting without fighting: Kung Fu cinema's journey to the West
AuthorsWhite, L.
Abstract

Fighting without Fighting explores the history and ongoing cultural significance of the "kung fu craze" which swept America, Europe and the World in 1973–4. I contextualise this within the longer development of martial arts cinema in China and Hong Kong, and also within the changing social and cultural landscape of America and "The West." In this, the martial arts – and ideas or images of Asia more generally – were involved in a transformation of ideas about identity and politics at a moment of rapid globalisation. Chapters explore the significance of martial arts cinema in imagining race and gender, highlighting the impact of martial arts iconographies on Black American popular culture and the appropriation of kung fu cinema's images of "women warriors" by feminists, as well as exploring the development of "homegrown" white, male martial arts stars in Hollywood film.
The book not only examines the unfolding history of kung fu but explores its continuing significance across a range of media and cultural sites, in the cinema and beyond.

Keywordskung fu; martial arts; cinema; Hong Kong cinema; action cinema; transnational cinema; popular culture; identity; gender; race; masculinity
Research GroupCREATE/Feminisms cluster
Diasporas
Visual Culture and Curating cluster
LanguageEnglish
ISBN
Hardcover9781789145335
Electronic9781789145342
PublisherReaktion Books
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
Print13 Jun 2022
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Feb 2022
Accepted27 Jul 2021
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://reaktionbooks.co.uk/work/fighting-without-fighting
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