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New Taipei Women's Images in Taiwanese Cinema in the 1980s

  • Author / Creator
    Chen, Liangchi
  • This thesis focuses on the development or transition of women’s images in Taiwanese cinema during the 1980s. The central aim of the thesis involves examining the characteristics of Taipei women by identifying the way in which they are positioned, imagined, and represented in three films. Chapter One examines object/setting motifs, which contributes to the understanding of character traits. Chapter Two specifically discusses the typical image of Taipei women through the representation of binary oppositions. In Chapter Three, the study focuses on the common use of voice-over in the three films, reflecting upon the directors’ concerns with women’s inner voices and women’s desire for independence. In the field of ideological film studies, this close analysis of new Taipei female characteristics uncovers the individualism vs. familism binary opposition constructed by New Cinema film directors and their consistent concern with humanism when portraying Taipei women.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WM1425G
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Specialization
    • East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)
    • Davis, Walter (East Asian Studies)