27. The Return of the Repressed

Masculinity and Sexuality Reconsidered

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Shuqin Cui

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch27

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Cui, S. (2012) The Return of the Repressed, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • return of the repressed, masculinity and sexuality reconsidered;
  • Shuqin Cui, on Chinese films after the mid-1980s, the return of the repressed;
  • early new wave films, late 1980s to early 1990s, mid-1990s, late 1990s onward;
  • early new wave films, a repressed masculinity through guise of national allegory;
  • films, and repressed masculinities, hegemonic of power negotiation;
  • female body gendered, a rhetorical figure projecting male desires;
  • New Wave cinema, allegorical, recovering a repressed masculinity;
  • opera role dan and transgendered identity, idealized femininity on stage;
  • behind the operatic mask, costume, a reshaped male, repressed homosexuality;
  • masculinity and femininity iconography, reputation for Chinese-language cinema


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Anxiety of Masculinity

  • Returning to History, Revising Historiography

  • Family Melodrama and the Search for Masculinity

  • Conclusion