This personal essay reflects on how the pandemic has profoundly affected daily life, personal health, and the social body. A renewed awareness of embodied time evokes memories and images of intersecting life worlds, and of the people, especially women, who nourished the author and inspired a new conception of vernacular modernism for film and media studies.
Acupuncture of Time (Fragments for a Memoir of the Present)
Zhen Zhang teaches and directs the Asian Film & Media Initiative at the Department of Cinema Studies, New York University. Her publications include An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896–1937 (University of Chicago, 2005), The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (Duke University Press, 2007), DV-Made China: Digital Subjects and Social Transformation after Independent Film (coeditor, University of Hawaii Press, 2015), and a collection of poetry, 梦中楼阁 (Dream Loft, Chunfeng wenyi Publishing House, 1997). She is currently completing a new book, Women Making Waves in Sinophone Cinema, to be published by Amsterdam University Press.
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Zhen Zhang; Acupuncture of Time (Fragments for a Memoir of the Present). Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2021; 7 (2): 188–213. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.2.188
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