An Amorous Prehistory of Hong Kong Queer Cinema
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Depiction of homoerotic relationships among women in commercial costumed films was a unique phenomenon in 1970s - 1980s Hong Kong cinema. What are the possible cinematic meanings of lesbian images that we can perceive in these films? How should we evaluate the exact representation of a sexuality that had been perceived as deviant in that society? In this essay, I close-read homoerotic scenes and trace through the trajectories of cultural and industrial changes enabling the emergence of two representative films: Intimate Confessions of A Chinese Courtesan (1972) and An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984). I do this with a continuous concern for historical context in order to provide an in-depth understanding of how lesbian images are constructed in cinema.
DepartmentGraduate Liberal Studies
CitationZhao, Manjun (2016). An Amorous Prehistory of Hong Kong Queer Cinema. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12386.
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