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Chinese commercial cinema since the 2010s: The baokuan film phenomenon under globalization, nationalism, and the changing role of audiences

posted on 2023-06-07, 02:36 authored by XIAO YANG
Focusing on Chinese commercial films since the 2010s, this thesis theorizes the baokuan (hot-item) film phenomenon, namely, films that performed well at the box office and received positive responses from Chinese audiences at the same time. Employing the frameworks of globalization, nationalism, and audience studies, this thesis argues that baokuan films’ emergence is a result of the intersection between the development of the Chinese film industry, China’s interaction with the world, the cultural policies of the state, and the rise of active audiences in the digital era.


Principal supervisor

Olivia Khoo

Additional supervisor 1

Jonathan Benney

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Department, School or Centre

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts