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Beyond Bruce LeeChasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture$
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Paul Bowman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165297

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165297.001.0001

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Beyond Bruce Lee

Beyond Bruce Lee

(p.1) Chapter One Beyond Bruce Lee
Beyond Bruce Lee

Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

The main purpose of this volume is to reconnect approaches to understanding Bruce Lee with historical, cultural, and economic contexts and processes, as well as emphasize the ways in which Bruce Lee can be taken to illustrate some far wider theoretical, ethical, and conceptual problematics. This chapter sets the stage by discussing the need to look beyond Bruce Lee—beyond the individual, the figure, the films and the other texts, and into the historical contexts of the emergence and influence of these different elements—in order to make sense of who he is. It explores some key dimensions of the cinematic contexts that have a bearing on the dissemination of “knowledge” about Bruce Lee and his influence, as a way of opening and connecting Lee's films to other cultural contexts. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, actors, martial arts films, artists, kung fu, culture, cinematic contexts

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