The Blooming Plum Blossom: the representation of women and the film and television in Taiwan (1985-2013)

Shen, Shin-Yuu (2015) The Blooming Plum Blossom: the representation of women and the film and television in Taiwan (1985-2013). Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

The status of women in Taiwan has undergone a significant transformation since the
feminist movement in the early 1970s, which was founded by ex-vice president of
Taiwan Hsiu-Lien Lu. Women in current Taiwanese society have the right to equality
in education as well as employment, unlike women in the 1970s. The thesis explores
how new feminist culture has influenced the representation of women in Taiwanese
film and television drama. It focuses on an examination of gender in relation to the
representation of women in Taiwanese film and television drama from 1985 to 2013.
The main body of the thesis is taken up with an analysis of the representation of
women in selected Taiwanese films and television dramas, for instance The Fierce Wife:
Woman Onerous: Seeking Mr. Right (Pei Hua Wang, 2012) and The Fierce Wife (Fun
Jun Xu, 2010). The thesis discusses how new feminism has influenced Taiwanese
popular culture through films and television dramas, and how these films and
television dramas treat the central themes of marriage, love and the role of women. The
thesis also discusses female authorship and films directed by women through an
examination of Sylvia Chang’s films, for instance 20, 30, 40 (2004). The thesis further
explores the representation of women in conjunction with a feminist discussion of the
power and function of these narrative structures in constructing female identities.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Gillian Aldus
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 11:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63133
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