What were the dominant representations of women in film during China’s Cultural Revolution, and are any of them still discernible in Chinese contemporary cinema?
Zhuying Li's research investigates the influence of the Cultural Revolution on the image of women in Chinese film and television. The paradigm used to examine this is the concept of “female masculinity”, which is theorised as a specific female identity that advocates masculinity (or that women internalise and embody masculine values). Through the textual analysis of film and television, Zhuying Li is studying whether the Chinese Cultural Revolution can be viewed as a cultural event which reformed gender identities, changed gender relations and challenged the traditional image of women.
Researcher: Zhuying Li
Supervisors: Lisa French and Chengju Huang