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Feminising Leadership In Song Of The Dragon River

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One of the arguments that scholars have put forward to support the 'genderless revolutionary' model of yangbanxi women is that the sex of the female heroic characters could easily be reversed without it having any effect on the plot, the conflicts depicted or the propaganda value of the work. This chapter deals with a special kind of female role - female leadership and also discusses the particular codes by which the role of Jiang Shuiying should most appropriately be read. It analyses various semiotic systems of the two versions of Song of the Dragon River in the light of the codes for female nature and female leadership identified above, to ascertain whether and to what degree the change from Zheng Qiang to Jiang Shuiying involved the reduction of culturally understood 'male' leadership traits and the addition of culturally understood 'female' leadership qualities.

Keywords: female leadership; Jiang Shuiying; Song of the Dragon River ; yangbanxi; Zheng Qiang



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