Rachel Portman and the Joy Luck Club

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    Maltby, Sylvia
  • Rachel Portman is a successful female film score composer known for her rich orchestral scores, many for films that can be classified as women's films. Portman has collaborated on several films with the Chinese-American film director Wayne Wang who in many of his films has explored the issues of ethnicity, identity and family relationships, particularly Chinese-American identity and the reconciliation of the traditions of the old homeland with the culture of the new-found home in America. The most well known of these films is The Joy Luck Club (1993), based on the novel of the same name written by Amy Tan in 1989. I have examined the means by which Portman's score has reinforced Wang's narrative in the use and juxtaposition of traditional Chinese music with modern American musical styles, as well as examining the women's film genre, its musical codification and Portman's style of composition.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Hoyt-Scott, Janet (Music)
    • Meagher, Michelle (Women's Studies)