Engendering the city. Representing Shanghai through the female heroes of Chinese film in the Thirties.

  • Cristina Francesca Colet Researcher


This contribute has the aim to describe the representation of the city of Shanghai in Chinese film production during 1930s through some female roles because of the sympathetic relationship between Chinese women and the city in the filmic imaginary of that period. This relationship engenders the city that like female characters is subdued by Western invader and by the metropolitan violence that spread all over the streets. In some movie the female face is superimposed with the city creating a reflecting image that muffles the bad reputation of Shanghai as the “Oriental whore” .

Author Biography

Cristina Francesca Colet, Researcher
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici - DAMS



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How to Cite
Colet, C. F. (2015). Engendering the city. Representing Shanghai through the female heroes of Chinese film in the Thirties. RiCOGNIZIONI. Rivista Di Lingue E Letterature Straniere E Culture Moderne, 2(3), 35-46. https://doi.org/10.13135/2384-8987/865