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Chinese Masculinities Revisited: Male Images in Contemporary Television Drama Serials

Song, Geng

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This article investigates the discourse of masculinity in contemporary Chinese popular culture by critical readings of TV drama serials (dianshi lianxuju), a crucial and underresearched site for the study of ideology, shown on prime-time national channels in recent years (2003-2007). In particular, it examines the male images in three sweepingly popular TV programs-The Big Dye House (Da ranfang), Halfway Couples (Banlu fuqi), and Unsheathing the Sword (Liangjian)-as "cultural types." It looks...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSong, Geng
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:56:25Z
dc.identifier.issn0097-7004
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/39420
dc.description.abstractThis article investigates the discourse of masculinity in contemporary Chinese popular culture by critical readings of TV drama serials (dianshi lianxuju), a crucial and underresearched site for the study of ideology, shown on prime-time national channels in recent years (2003-2007). In particular, it examines the male images in three sweepingly popular TV programs-The Big Dye House (Da ranfang), Halfway Couples (Banlu fuqi), and Unsheathing the Sword (Liangjian)-as "cultural types." It looks at the social, economic, and cultural factors that have affected men and representations of men in today's China against the backdrop of the dynamic interplay between nationalism, globalization, and consumerism. Building on the burgeoning research on Chinese masculinity in the past decade, it argues that forms of masculinity are becoming increasingly hybrid in a globalizing China and that the male images in these dramas are a product of social changes tied in with new formations of power.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceModern China
dc.subjectKeywords: cultural influence; globalization; ideology; media role; nationalism; social change; television; China Contemporary China; Masculinity; Popular culture; Social change; Television
dc.titleChinese Masculinities Revisited: Male Images in Contemporary Television Drama Serials
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor200202 - Asian Cultural Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3332311xPUB177
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSong, Geng, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage404
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage434
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0097700410368221
local.identifier.absseo950201 - Communication Across Languages and Culture
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:53:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77953648021
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