The Matrix of Cinema: Cinematic Space and Cultural Globalism (电影经纬：影像空间与文化全球主义). Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2010.
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This book collects all the scholarly articles published by the author since 2005. Grouped thematically, the book is divided into four parts. The first part, “Cinematic Space, National Cinema, and Cultural Globalism”, sets the theoretical framework of the whole book, which is to look at and reflect upon national cinema (Chinese cinema in this case) in an increasingly globalized and culturally interconnected context. What are the new issues and possibilities facing “national cinema” in this context? How should we approach “national cinema” in an interconnected matrix? The second part, titled “Mapping the cinematic relationship between China and the United States”, can be viewed as an exercise in light of the first part’s theoretical excursion. The third part, “New Media and Film Theory”, reflects a new direction the author has taken in recent years, a direction with great promises and rich potentials. The last part, “A Short History of the Birmingham School”, traces the rise and fall of a significant school in cultural studies, and could be viewed as the first in Chinese language that gives this school a systematic and critical introduction.