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Subject/Keyword
Peter Ho-sun Chan
Narratology
Motif
Hong Kong Cinema
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Zhang, Yishuang
Supervisor and department
Adolphson, Mikael (East Asian Studies)
Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies)
Sywenky, Irene (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
Date accepted
2013-08-27T14:15:31Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis focuses on the narrative functions of motifs in Peter Ho-sun Chan’s love trilogy films on drifting Chinese people since the 1980s. The examination of object/setting motifs in Chapter One contributes to the understanding of character-traits. Chapter Two especially discusses the use of popular songs in Chan’s love trilogy by analyzing their explicit meaning conveyed by the lyrics, which is consistent with episodes of the plot, and the implicit and symptomatic meanings behind these songs, which actually arouse the collective memories among the audiences. In Chapter Three the study on the commonly used motifs throughout the films reflects upon the emotional life of various drifting Chinese people as a whole. By virtue of ideological film studies, this close analysis of the motifs discovers the idealism vs. pragmatism binary opposition constructed by Peter Chan and his consistent concern about the humanism when portraying drifting Chinese people.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3509T
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