The Love Story, Female Images, and Gender Politics: Folktale Films in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

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East Asian Studies


Book Summary: Contributors explore filmic traditions in each area not only from their different cultural backgrounds, but from a range of academic fields, including criminal justice studies, education, film studies, folkloristics, gender studies, and literary studies. Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers readers an opportunity to explore the intersections, disparities, historical and national contexts of its subject, and to further appreciate what has become an undeniably global phenomenon.

Chapter Summary: The chapter reviews the historical development of folktale films in the specific political-social-cultural contexts of post-1945 China. By specifically focusing on the love story central to cinematic adaptations of traditional tales, this chapter shows that, with distinctive voices of their own, these films indicate their ideological conservatism by maintaining a discursive distance from both politicized mainstream themes and the critical edge of experimental films. This distance renders these films as alternative to communicate with their contemporaries on the discourses of gender, womanhood, and love.


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