East Asian Film Stars

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Salford University

Call for Contributions to Collection of Essays

East Asian Film Stars
Editors: Leung Wing-Fai & Andy Willis

Films from East Asia have provided some of the biggest box-office and critical hits of recent global cinema. Many film stars from the region are the most popular and instantly recognizable in the world. In order to explore the phenomena of East Asian film stardom, this volume brings together some of the world's leading cinema scholars to offer their insights into the work of the screen legends, contemporary superstars and mysterious cult personas. East Asian Film Stars will explore some of the most globally recognizable and popular, yet academically underexplored, film stars from Japan, Korea and Chinese language cinemas, placing them into their economic, cultural and social contexts, discussing them in relation to notions of gender, ethnicity and identity. East Asian Film Stars will take into account the increasingly important phenomenon of international co-productions and distribution that are aimed at diverse markets and in exploring this will discuss stardom's existence across national and regional borders.

We already have contributions from international scholars in film, media, cultural and area studies for the majority of the chapters in the collection, and are in negotiation with an academic publisher. In order to strengthen the project, we are issuing this specific CFP to invite a small number of additional contributors who like to propose an original work focusing on a mainland Chinese or Taiwanese star. We particularly welcome chapter proposals about the following:

Joan Chen, Gong Li, Brigitte Lin, Sylvia Chang, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Jay Chou

We will also consider innovative work on other stars; these are some examples: Bai Guang, Butterfly Wu, Zhou Xuan, Bai Ling, Ge You, Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun, Cheng Peipei, Hsu Feng, Chang Chen, Lin Chiling, Rene Liu, Richie Ren, Shu Qi, Wu Chien-Lien

Please send a 300-500 word abstract and a short 150 word biography to both
Leung Wing-Fai at wingfai.leung@googlemail.com and Andy Willis a.willis@salford.ac.uk by 6th May 2011. We will advise contributors of our decisions in May, and submission of completed articles is likely to be in October 2011.