Theorizing Bruce Lee:Film–Fantasy–Fighting–Philosophy to explore the cultural significance of ‘Bruce Lee’
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film – Fantasy – Fighting – Philosophy, written by Dr Paul Bowman
Recently published, Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film – Fantasy – Fighting – Philosophy, written by Dr Paul Bowman, sets out to explore the cinematic and cultural significance and consequences of ‘Bruce Lee’ and his various legacies.
The book’s subject, 'Bruce Lee', who starred in the Hong Kong films The Big Boss, Fists of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and the Hollywood-Hong Kong co-production Enter the Dragon is examined using film and cultural theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, semiotics and issues in postcolonial studies.
Dr Bowman commented: "The book shows how Lee became a major ‘event’ in both global film and global popular culture, a figure who played a central role in many intercultural, postcolonial, decolonising and postmodern encounters, texts, and practices.
"Lee’s story shows him to be a complex and diversely consequential, multimedia, multidisciplinary and multicultural character with enduring transnational legacies in multiple realms – rather than a mere ‘chop socky’ action star."
Theorizing Bruce Lee is an innovative and unique work, which uses cultural theory to analyse and assess Bruce Lee, and uses Bruce Lee to analyse and assess cultural theory. As such, Theorizing Bruce Lee is uniquely essential reading for anyone interested in Bruce Lee in popular culture and cultural theory.
Dr Bowman, a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is also author of Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies, Deconstructing Popular Culture and editor of numerous books including, most recently, The Rey Chow Reader.
Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film – Fantasy – Fighting – Philosophy is published in Rodopi’s Contemporary Cinema Series.