Bliss Cua Lim

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Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities


Ph.D., New York University, 2001, Cinema Studies
B.A., University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1990, Comparative Literature, magna cum laude

Phone: (949) 824-9431, 5386
Email: flim@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
2214 Humanities Gateway Building
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Philippine cinema; cinematic temporality; queer temporality; film archives; postcolonial and feminist film theory; transnational Asian cinemas
URLs
Academic Distinctions
Fulbright Scholar Grant to the Philippines, Dec 2017 to March 2018

Visiting Research Fellowship, Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Dec 2012-June 2013

John Hope Franklin Book Honoree for 2009, Translating Time: Cinema, The Fantastic, and Temporal Critique

Humanities Associates Faculty Teaching Award for 2006

New Faculty Initiative Award, UCI Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, 2001-2003

Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship, 1993-1994
Research Abstract
Bliss Cua Lim is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic and Temporal Critique (2009) and a member of the Editorial Collective of Camera Obscura and the Advisory Board of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication. Her next book, The Archival Afterlives of Philippine Cinema (forthcoming from Duke University Press), analyzes the crisis-ridden history of film archiving in the Philippines. Some of the courses she’s most invested in teaching are undergraduate classes on “Global Horror,” “Queer Asian Cinemas,” and “Philippine Indie Cinema.”
She is a member of the Editorial Collective of the journal Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, published by Duke University Press, and serves on the Advisory Board of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society published by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.
Publications
DOWNLOAD PDF of MY ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS: https://escholarship.org/search?q=lim%20bliss%20cua&rows=30

BOOKS: Scholarly

The Archival Afterlives of Philippine Cinema (Duke University Press; forthcoming)

Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic, and Temporal Critique

• Duke University Press, 2009. Selected John Hope Franklin Book.
• Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011. Philippine Edition.

POETRY

Poems from Two Places. (Manila: Anvil, 1995).

And If I Were this Poem and Other Poems. (Manila: Vera Reyes, 1987).

“Archival Waters,” NANG Magazine, Issue 9: Archival Imaginaries (May 2021) 10.
PDF: escholarship.org/uc/item/7cx320mt

BOOK CHAPTERS (with links to full text PDF)

“The Ghostliness of Genre: Global Hollywood Remakes the ‘Asian Horror Film,’” in State of Motion: A Fear of Monsters (Singapore: Asian Film Archive, 2019), 85-91. Exhibition Catalogue. Abridged reprint of a chapter from Translating Time, 2009.
PDF: escholarship.org/uc/item/9bz116ht

“Foreword” (“Prefazione”), in Autohystoria: Postcolonial Visions of New Philippine Cinema by Renato Loriga, (Aracne Editrice Postcolonial Film and Media Studies Series, 2016). 13-16 and 281-283. In English with Italian translation.
PDF:

“A Pan-Asian Cinema of Allusion: Going Home and Dumplings”, in A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema, ed. Esther M.K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and Esther C.M. Yau (Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 410-439.
PDF: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/703119d2

“Sharon’s Noranian Turn: Stardom, Race, and Language in Philippine Cinema”, in Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, ed. Andrea Bandhauer and Michelle Royer (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2015), 169-183.
PDF: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/33f0n40x

“Fandom, Consumption, and Collectivity in the Philippine New Cinema: Nora and the Noranians”, in The Precarious Self: Women and the Media in Asia, ed. Youna Kim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 179-203.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/14x3j299

“Gambling on Life and Death: Neoliberal Rationality and the Films of Jeffrey Jeturian”, Neoliberalism and Global Cinema: Capital, Culture, and Marxist Critique, ed. Jyotsna Kapur and Keith B. Wagner (Routledge: New York and London, 2011), 279-305.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7cm3f77r

“Generic Ghosts: Remaking the New ‘Asian Horror Film’”, Hong Kong Film, Hollywood And The New Global Cinema ed. Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam (London and New York: Routledge, 2007), 109-125.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/86k590jk

“Serial Time: Bluebeard in Stepford”, Film and Literature: A Reader ed. Robert Stam (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2005) 163-190.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7vq3g6t5

“True Fictions, Women’s Narratives, and Historical Trauma”, Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures, ed. Rolando B. Tolentino, (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000) 145-161.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5jq7j45m

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CULTURAL POLICY PAPERS (with links to full text PDF)

“Global Spectres,” Red Pepper Issue 233 (Autumn 2021): 52-53.
PDF available at: escholarship.org/uc/item/2h7653n3

“Fragility, Perseverance, and Survival in State-Run Philippine Film Archives,” Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, 15.2 (2018): 1-40. PDF available at: http://www.plarideljournal.org/article/fragility-perseverance-and-survival-in-state-run-philippine-archives/ and at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8t60j634

"Queer Aswang Transmedia: Folklore as Camp", Kritika Kultura 24 (2015): 178-225.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3mj1k076
AND at
http://kritikakultura.ateneo.net/images/pdf/KK%2024/KK%20Feb%202015%202.8%20Queer%20Aswang%20Transmedia%20319.pdf

“A Brief History of Archival Advocacy for Philippine Cinema”, 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit: A Report (Manila: National Film Archives of the Philippines, 2013), pp. 14-20.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2gx6w8ff

“Analysis and Recommendations in the wake of the 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit”, 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit: A Report (Manila: National Film Archives of the Philippines, 2013), pp. 26-32.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/84p4998z

"Archival Fragility: Philippine Cinema and the Challenge of Sustainable Preservation”, Kyoto Center for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter (Spring 2013): 18-21.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/47t0f9r0

“On Retrospective Reception: Watching LVN Pictures at the Cinemalaya Film Festival”, Flow 12.6 (August 13, 2010).
Available http://flowtv.org/2010/08/on-retrospective-reception/

“Pepot and the Archive: Cinephilia and the Archive Crisis of Philippine Cinema”, Flow 12.3 (July 2, 2010).
Available http://flowtv.org/2010/07/pepotem-and-the-archive/

“Introduction: The Afterlives of Embodied Translations”, Discourse 31.3 [Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media] (Fall 2009): 185-194. [Wayne State University Press.]
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8h09v6g4

“Sharon’s Noranian Turn: Stardom, Embodiment, and Language in Philippine Cinema”, Discourse 31.3 [Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media] (Fall 2009): 318-358. [Wayne State University Press.]
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6867483k

“Remade in Silence: Silvia’ Kolbowski’s ‘A Film Will Be Shown without the Sound’”, Art Journal 66.3 [College Art Association] Fall 2007. 85-87.

“Cult Fiction: Himala and Bakya Temporality”, Spectator 24. 2 [Special Issue, Screening Southeast Asia] (Fall 2004): 61-72. [University of Southern California Press].
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/1530h40g

“American pictures made by Filipinos”: Eddie Romero’s Jungle-Horror Exploitation Films”, Spectator 22.1 [Special Issue, East Asian Images in Transnational Flux] (Spring 2002): 23-45. [University of Southern California Press].
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/9711q8x7

“Spectral Times: The Ghost Film as Historical Allegory”, positions: east asia cultures critique 9.2 [Special Issue, Asia/Pacific Cinemas: A Spectral Surface] (Fall 2001): 287-329. [Duke University Press]
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/1np6b51p

“Dolls in Fragments: Daisies as Feminist Allegory”, Camera Obscura 47 16.2 (Fall 2001): 37-77. [Duke University Press]
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/5mr9482p

“Crisis or Promise: New Directions in Philippine Cinema” IndieWire August 14, 2000. Available at: http://www.indiewire.com/article/festivals_crisis_or_promise_new_directions_in_philippine_cinema

“In the Navel of The Sea Shines at Filipino Film Showcase” IndieWire September 9,1998.
Available at: http://www.indiewire.com/article/in_the_navel_of_the_sea_shines_at_filipino_film_showcase

“Monstrous Makers, Bestial Brides: Situating Eddie Romero’s B-Horror Films in An Intricate Web of Histories”, Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature 1.2 (January 1998): 37-61. [University of the Philippines Press]

“The Politics of Horror: The Aswang in Film”, Asian Cinema 9.1 (Fall1997): 81-98. [Asian Cinema Studies Society]

“Perfumed Nightmare and The Perils Of Jameson’s ‘New Political Culture’”, Philippine Critical Forum 1.1 (1995) 24-37. [National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines]

EDITED SCHOLARLY JOURNAL

Discourse, Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in Asian Film and Media
31.3 (Fall 2009).

CREATIVE WRITING

“Meanwhile and Elsewhere.” The Manila Chronicle, Newspaper Column, 1995-1996.
 
ALL PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS IN PDF ARE AVAILABLE AT: https://escholarship.org/search?q=author%3A%22Lim%2C%20Bliss%20Cua%22

BOOKS: Scholarly

The Archival Afterlives of Philippine Cinema (Duke University Press; forthcoming)

Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic, and Temporal Critique

• Duke University Press, 2009. Selected John Hope Franklin Book.
• Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011. Philippine Edition.

BOOKS: Poetry

Poems from Two Places. (Manila: Anvil, 1995).

And If I Were this Poem and Other Poems. (Manila: Vera Reyes, 1987).

BOOK CHAPTERS (with links to full text PDF)

“Foreword” (“Prefazione”), in Autohystoria: Postcolonial Visions of New Philippine Cinema by Renato Loriga, (Aracne Editrice Postcolonial Film and Media Studies Series, 2016). 13-16 and 281-283. In English with Italian translation.

“A Pan-Asian Cinema of Allusion: Going Home and Dumplings”, in A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema, ed. Esther M.K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and Esther C.M. Yau (Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 410-439.
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/703119d2

“Sharon’s Noranian Turn: Stardom, Race, and Language in Philippine Cinema”, in Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, ed. Andrea Bandhauer and Michelle Royer (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2015), 169-183.
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/33f0n40x

“Fandom, Consumption, and Collectivity in the Philippine New Cinema: Nora and the Noranians”, in The Precarious Self: Women and the Media in Asia, ed. Youna Kim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 179-203.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/14x3j299

“Gambling on Life and Death: Neoliberal Rationality and the Films of Jeffrey Jeturian”, Neoliberalism and Global Cinema: Capital, Culture, and Marxist Critique, ed. Jyotsna Kapur and Keith B. Wagner (Routledge: New York and London, 2011), 279-305.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7cm3f77r

“Generic Ghosts: Remaking the New ‘Asian Horror Film’”, Hong Kong Film, Hollywood And The New Global Cinema ed. Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam (London and New York: Routledge, 2007), 109-125.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/86k590jk

“Serial Time: Bluebeard in Stepford”, Film and Literature: A Reader ed. Robert Stam (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2005) 163-190.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7vq3g6t5

“True Fictions, Women’s Narratives, and Historical Trauma”, Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures, ed. Rolando B. Tolentino, (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000) 145-161.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5jq7j45m

JOURNAL ARTICLES (with links to full text PDF)

“Fragility, Perseverance, and Survival in State-Run Philippine Film Archives,” Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, 15.2 (2018): 1-40. PDF available at: http://www.plarideljournal.org/article/fragility-perseverance-and-survival-in-state-run-philippine-archives/ and at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8t60j634

"Queer Aswang Transmedia: Folklore as Camp", Kritika Kultura 24 (2015): 178-225.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3mj1k076
AND at
http://kritikakultura.ateneo.net/images/pdf/KK%2024/KK%20Feb%202015%202.8%20Queer%20Aswang%20Transmedia%20319.pdf

“A Brief History of Archival Advocacy for Philippine Cinema”, 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit: A Report (Manila: National Film Archives of the Philippines, 2013), pp. 14-20.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2gx6w8ff

“Analysis and Recommendations in the wake of the 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit”, 2013 Philippine Cinema Heritage Summit: A Report (Manila: National Film Archives of the Philippines, 2013), pp. 26-32.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/84p4998z

"Archival Fragility: Philippine Cinema and the Challenge of Sustainable Preservation”, Kyoto Center for Southeast Asian Studies Newsletter (Spring 2013): 18-21.
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/47t0f9r0

“On Retrospective Reception: Watching LVN Pictures at the Cinemalaya Film Festival”, Flow 12.6 (August 13, 2010).
Available http://flowtv.org/2010/08/on-retrospective-reception/

“Pepot and the Archive: Cinephilia and the Archive Crisis of Philippine Cinema”, Flow 12.3 (July 2, 2010).
Available http://flowtv.org/2010/07/pepotem-and-the-archive/

“Introduction: The Afterlives of Embodied Translations”, Discourse 31.3 [Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media] (Fall 2009): 185-194. [Wayne State University Press.]
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8h09v6g4

“Sharon’s Noranian Turn: Stardom, Embodiment, and Language in Philippine Cinema”, Discourse 31.3 [Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media] (Fall 2009): 318-358. [Wayne State University Press.]
PDF available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6867483k

“Remade in Silence: Silvia’ Kolbowski’s ‘A Film Will Be Shown without the Sound’”, Art Journal 66.3 [College Art Association] Fall 2007. 85-87.

“Cult Fiction: Himala and Bakya Temporality”, Spectator 24. 2 [Special Issue, Screening Southeast Asia] (Fall 2004): 61-72. [University of Southern California Press].
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/1530h40g

“American pictures made by Filipinos”: Eddie Romero’s Jungle-Horror Exploitation Films”, Spectator 22.1 [Special Issue, East Asian Images in Transnational Flux] (Spring 2002): 23-45. [University of Southern California Press].
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/9711q8x7

“Spectral Times: The Ghost Film as Historical Allegory”, positions: east asia cultures critique 9.2 [Special Issue, Asia/Pacific Cinemas: A Spectral Surface] (Fall 2001): 287-329. [Duke University Press]
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/1np6b51p

“Dolls in Fragments: Daisies as Feminist Allegory”, Camera Obscura 47 16.2 (Fall 2001): 37-77. [Duke University Press]
PDF available at: http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/5mr9482p

“Crisis or Promise: New Directions in Philippine Cinema” IndieWire August 14, 2000. Available at: http://www.indiewire.com/article/festivals_crisis_or_promise_new_directions_in_philippine_cinema

“In the Navel of The Sea Shines at Filipino Film Showcase” IndieWire September 9,1998.
Available at: http://www.indiewire.com/article/in_the_navel_of_the_sea_shines_at_filipino_film_showcase

“Monstrous Makers, Bestial Brides: Situating Eddie Romero’s B-Horror Films in An Intricate Web of Histories”, Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature 1.2 (January 1998): 37-61. [University of the Philippines Press]

“The Politics of Horror: The Aswang in Film”, Asian Cinema 9.1 (Fall1997): 81-98. [Asian Cinema Studies Society]

“Perfumed Nightmare and The Perils Of Jameson’s ‘New Political Culture’”, Philippine Critical Forum 1.1 (1995) 24-37. [National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines]

EDITED SCHOLARLY JOURNAL

Discourse, Special Issue: Translation and Embodiment in Asian Film and Media
31.3 (Fall 2009).

CREATIVE WRITING

“Meanwhile and Elsewhere.” The Manila Chronicle, Newspaper Column, 1995-1996.
Professional Societies
Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
Southeast Asia Pacific Audiovisual Archives Assoc (SEAPAVAA)
Other Experience
Editorial Collective
Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media

Editorial Advisory Board Member
Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society

Graduate Programs
Visual Studies

Last updated
10/04/2021