Rowman and Littlefield International

Chinese Martial Arts and Media Culture

Global Perspectives

Edited by Tim Trausch

Publication date:

16 November 2018

Length of book:

238 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786609021

Signs and images of Chinese martial arts increasingly circulate through global media cultures. As tropes of martial arts are not restricted to what is considered one medium, one region, or one (sub)genre, the essays in this collection are looking across and beyond these alleged borders. From 1920s wuxia cinema to the computer game cultures of the information age, they trace the continuities and transformations of martial arts and media culture across time, space, and multiple media platforms.
Scholars have traditionally separated the study of the ‘Asian martial arts’ as bodily practice from the examination of the ideas and images that uphold them. This collection expertly problematizes that notion while showcasing innovative insights from media and cultural studies. Fresh and always fascinating, it will be critical reading for anyone curious about the place of the martial arts in the modern world.