Fran Martin's Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the PDF

By Fran Martin

Backward Glances finds that the passionate love one girl feels for an additional occupies a place of unsuspected centrality in modern chinese language mass cultures. by means of studying representations of erotic and romantic love among girls in well known motion pictures, elite and pulp fiction, and tv dramas, Fran Martin indicates how younger same-sex love is frequently framed as a common, even ennobling, female event. She argues temporal good judgment dominates depictions of girl homoeroticism, and she or he strains that common sense throughout texts produced and ate up in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through the 20th century and the early twenty-first. responsive to either transnational cultural flows and native particularities, Martin indicates how loving family members among ladies in mass tradition tend to be represented as earlier reports. grownup protagonists experience the repeated, mournful narration in their stories. but those portrayals don't easily or eventually consign the same-sex loving lady to the past—they additionally reason her to reappear perpetually within the present.

As Martin explains, memorial schoolgirl love tales are renowned all through modern chinese language cultures. The same-sex attracted younger girl seems in either brazenly homophobic and proudly queer-affirmative narratives, in addition to in tales whose ideological valence is much less instantly transparent. Martin demonstrates that the tales, tv courses, and movies she analyzes usually are not idiosyncratic depictions of marginal figures, yet manifestations of a broader, mainstream cultural preoccupation. Her research of representations of same-sex love among girls sheds new mild on modern chinese language understandings of intercourse, love, gender, marriage, and the cultural ordering of human life.

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