28. Homosexuality and Queer Aesthetics

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Helen Hok-Sze Leung

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch28

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Leung, H. H.-S. (2012) Homosexuality and Queer Aesthetics, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • homosexuality and queer aesthetics, and queer cinema;
  • “New Queer Chinese Cinema,” China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan;
  • Queer Chinese Cinema, homosexuality, ironically, its least interesting aspect;
  • “New Queer Chinese Cinema” lexicon of film festival programming;
  • films under the rubric of “queer cinema,” a putative “newness”;
  • defiance, as spirit of the New Queer Cinema;
  • queer mainstreaming, distinctiveness across Chinese cinemas;
  • bodily transformation, masculine bonding, cross-dressing, and queering;
  • danmei in Chinese subculture, commercial success of Chinese-language films;
  • “queer auteurs,” lesbian and gay directors, access to sign-systems of lesbians


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: The New Queer Chinese Cinema

  • Queer Mainstreaming

  • Queer Auteurs

  • Queer Docs

  • Conclusion