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Gendering The Counter-Revolution: The Feminisation Of Villainy

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The chapter considers the yangbanxi villains to be a synthesis of elements that in their cultural context constituted a discourse of what represented the evil, abnormal, deviant, despicable and inferior. It investigates how discourses of gender and sexuality interacted with discourses of race and class in the construction of the yangbanxi central villains, and consider the implications of those findings for our understanding of both gender in the Maoist period and the (re)construction of gender in post-Mao culture and society. The author contention that at multiple levels and through multiple semiotic systems ranging from the philosophical conceptualisation of evil through the deployment of yinyang symbolism to the structuring of narratives, the use of linguistic forms and the physical representation of the yangbanxi villains there is strong evidence of a tendency towards feminisation, emasculation and queering of evil in the model works.

Keywords: Chinese Culture; female-role gender; Maoist period; vocal feminisation; yangbanxi villains; yinyang symbolism



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