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Backward Glances finds that the passionate love one lady feels for an additional occupies a place of unsuspected centrality in modern chinese language mass cultures. by means of interpreting representations of erotic and romantic love among girls in renowned movies, elite and pulp fiction, and tv dramas, Fran Martin indicates how younger same-sex love is frequently framed as a common, even ennobling, female event. She argues temporal good judgment dominates depictions of lady homoeroticism, and she or he lines that common sense throughout texts produced and ate up in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through the 20th century and the early twenty-first. responsive to either transnational cultural flows and native particularities, Martin indicates how loving family members among ladies in mass tradition are typically represented as previous reports. grownup protagonists enjoy the repeated, mournful narration in their thoughts. but those portrayals don't easily or ultimately consign the same-sex loving girl to the past—they additionally reason her to reappear endlessly within the present.

As Martin explains, memorial schoolgirl love tales are well known all through modern chinese language cultures. The same-sex attracted younger lady seems to be in either overtly homophobic and proudly queer-affirmative narratives, in addition to in tales whose ideological valence is much less instantly transparent. Martin demonstrates that the tales, tv courses, and flicks she analyzes aren't idiosyncratic depictions of marginal figures, yet manifestations of a broader, mainstream cultural preoccupation. Her research of representations of same-sex love among ladies sheds new gentle on modern chinese language understandings of intercourse, love, gender, marriage, and the cultural ordering of human life.

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