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Shaping a New Identity: Increasing Visibility of Lesbian Desire in Chinese Cinemas

Mulky, Virginia (2011) Shaping a New Identity: Increasing Visibility of Lesbian Desire in Chinese Cinemas. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Abstract

    In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in Chinese-language films about lesbian romances. Many of these films have found commercial and critical success in Chinese markets such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as honors at international film festivals.In order to analyzes how these films reflect and shape Chinese lesbian identity, this thesis considers how a range of contemporary Chinese-language films produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and abroad deploys the figure of the lesbian. In particular, this study examines the production of such films by Chinese cultures outside of Mainland China as a means of promoting an alternative, inclusive Chinese identity in opposition to Mainland censorship.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairAnderson, Mark Lynn
    Committee MemberKuzniar, Alice
    Committee MemberMajumdar, Neepa
    Committee MemberLiu, Xinmin
    Title: Shaping a New Identity: Increasing Visibility of Lesbian Desire in Chinese Cinemas
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in Chinese-language films about lesbian romances. Many of these films have found commercial and critical success in Chinese markets such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as honors at international film festivals.In order to analyzes how these films reflect and shape Chinese lesbian identity, this thesis considers how a range of contemporary Chinese-language films produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and abroad deploys the figure of the lesbian. In particular, this study examines the production of such films by Chinese cultures outside of Mainland China as a means of promoting an alternative, inclusive Chinese identity in opposition to Mainland censorship.
    Date: 12 May 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 01 April 2011
    Approval Date: 12 May 2011
    Submission Date: 11 May 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-05112011-164816
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese film; gender studies; lesbian; transnational cinema
    Schools and Programs: University Honors College
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:44
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 10:14
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-05112011-164816/, etd-05112011-164816

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