17. Chinese Women's Cinema

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Lingzhen Wang

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch17

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Wang, L. (2012) Chinese Women's Cinema, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Brown University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • Chinese women's cinema, a critical genealogy of Greater China;
  • gender in understanding Chinese women's cinema, and female subjectivity;
  • Chinese women, reorienting gender, aesthetics in cinematic practices;
  • Chinese women in filmmaking, Shanghai directors and screenwriters;
  • women's cinema, mid-to-late 1980s, New Taiwan Cinema and women and literature;
  • socialist state feminism, Chinese women's engagement with filmmaking;
  • women's cinema in the 1960s, 1970s, a “Healthy Realism”;
  • new wave movements, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, changes in women's cinema;
  • younger woman directors of the late 1990s, in film and drama schools;
  • Hong Kong New Wave, women's cinema, transnational, transcultural


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Initial Stage: Chinese Women's Engagement with

  • Filmmaking, 1920s–1940s

  • A New Beginning: Chinese Woman Directors in the 1950s

  • Development of Women's Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s

  • Transformation and Reshaping of Chinese

  • Women's Cinema since the 1980s

  • Conclusion