By Yiyang Hou Panpan Yang’s PhD dissertation, Animating Space: Towards a Poetics of Chinese Animation, fosters a dialogue between cinema studies and the study of visual art. In this study, Yang offers an interdisciplinary and critically-engaged examination of the poetics of Chinese animation from the 1920s to the present. Taking the history of Chinese animation … Continue reading Animating Space: Towards a Poetics of Chinese Animation, Ph.D. dissertation, by Panpan Yang, University of Chicago, USA, August 2020. 286 pp.
By Daniel Dooghan Gejun Huang’s dissertation seeks to understand how gaming entrepreneurship works in China. Rather than adopting a top-down approach through the analysis of government policy, Huang goes to the entrepreneurs themselves to learn how—and if—government and industry supports function as intended. The dissertation employs a dataset of 33 interviews with gaming entrepreneurs in … Continue reading New Frontier of Digital Media and Entertainment: Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Chinese Digital Game Industry, Ph.D. Dissertation, by Gejun Huang, University of Texas at Austin, 2020. 179 pp.
By Chuanhui Meng Rebecca Scott’s PhD dissertation, “The Production and Distribution of Lianhuanhua 1949-1966″ (University of Nottingham, 2016), looks at an intriguing and understudied medium lianhuanhua (linked pictures) during the first 17 years of socialist China. Through comprehensive and in-depth survey of both the production and distribution of lianhuanhua, Scott sheds exclusive light on political … Continue reading The Production and Distribution of Lianhuanhua 1949-1966, Ph.D. Dissertation, by Rebecca Scott, University of Nottingham, 2016. 322 pp.
By Cyrus Huiyong Qiu Aaron Wenhai Zhou’s Ph.D. dissertation offers an in-depth exploration of the flourishing independent animation industry in modern China. While the growing animation industry in China and its rich variety of mainstream cultural products receive much of the spotlight from the media as well as attention from academia, research on Chinese independent … Continue reading Between Ideological Confinement and Cultural Creativity: An Exploration of Chinese Independent Animation as a Formative Agent of Cultural Identity, Ph.D. dissertation, by Aaron Wenhai Zhou, The University of Waikato, New Zealand, 2017. 318 pp.
By Isabel Galwey Shaopeng Chen’s PhD dissertation examines Chinese animation works for cinema between 1995—the year that the domestic production of Chinese animation ceased to be a state-run effort—and 2015, focusing on what he describes as a “new generation” of animations produced during this period. Chen uses this term both to differentiate films produced after … Continue reading The New Generation Chinese Cinema Animation (1995-2015): Industry and Aesthetics, Ph.D. dissertation, by Shaopeng Chen, University of Southampton, UK, November 2017. 328 pp.
By Shasha Liu Daisy Yan Du’s PhD dissertation examines the transnational, national, and regional cultural undercurrents in the construction of national identity in Chinese animated films between the 1940s and 1970s. Du argues against a monolithic and timeless notion of Chinese identity and seeks to showcase the interconnections among national identity, politics and the arts … Continue reading On the Move: The Trans/national Animated film in 1940s-1970s China, Ph.D. dissertation, by Daisy Yan Du, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, May 2012. 227 pp.
Download PDF By Shaopeng Chen Weihua Wu’s PhD dissertation examines how literature, arts, social text, and the circumstances of new media form what he calls “digital cinema,” “computer graphics,” the “cultural interface,” ”visual effects,” and “new animation” in a postsocialist China, by using an interdisciplinary approach that includes visual anthropology, film history, literary criticism, and … Continue reading Animation in Postsocialist China: Visual Narrative, Modernity, and Digital Culture, Ph.D. dissertation, by Weihua Wu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2006. 272 pp.