Remapping Taiwan: Space as a Time Monument

  • Xiao Cai


Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films dispel some of the uncertainties of the present, and establish a sense of continuity with a more localised past. But, given the overwhelming hegemonic realist vision of the country as the “true Taiwan”, it is necessary for him to set the narratives of his films in the past in order to better maintain a sense of continuity or to proclaim a deep sense of national identity. It is not enough simply to represent rural Taiwan, or at least that particular version of rural Taiwan that has taken hold of the real images of the ordinary people and secular world-Taiwan is that remapped and configured in the time of significant transformations in Hou’s films, most especially by his very distinctive, and original, poetics of spatiality and time; a poetics which incorporates individual narratives into a multifaceted, complex reality, which is both heterogeneous and homogeneous, tangible and intagible, private and public.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao Cai
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  1. 1.Shanghai University of Engineer ScienceShanghaiChina

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