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Author Wen, Huike, 1977- author.

Title Romance in post-socialist Chinese television / Huike Wen
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series East Asian popular culture
East Asian popular culture (New York, N.Y.)
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Chapter 1: Introduction: Sampling Love-Romance and Television in Post-socialist China -- Romance in the Socialist Era -- Romance Since the 1990s -- Romance with Chinese Characteristics -- The TV and Media Environment -- Essential Elements of Romance in Literature and Television Romance -- Chapter Overviews -- Bibliography -- Chapter 2: Dwelling Narrowness: Mistress Love -- Dwelling Narrowness as a Marriage-Love TV Drama -- Rationalizing Cohabitation of Young Urban Chinese -- The "Slave" of House and the Victim of "Love" -- Media Responses to Dwelling Narrowness
The Foundational Belief of Reality TV: Single Life as a Curable Disease -- Who Can Reality TV Help: Equality and the Middle- and Upper-Middle-Class Taste of Love -- The Contestants and Their Gender Performance: Agent of Love with Power and Victim of Love Needing Therapy -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 5: Enlightenment on Life: Love Between an Older Woman and a Younger Man -- Scholarly Discussions on the Age Difference Between Spouses -- What Does This Relationship Challenge in the Dominant Concept of a Heterosexual Relationship? -- A Brief History of the Relationship in Chinese Culture
Chapter 6: Apartment Building of Romantic Love/ipartment: Young Urbanites' Love -- A Brief History of Sitcom in China -- Literature Review: Comedy, Sitcom, and Romantic Love -- The Other Type of Romance: Relationships in ipartment -- The Love Agents: Gender Roles in ipartment -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Chapter 7: Conclusion -- TV Romance and Collective Identity -- Love with Passion: Respected and Regulated -- Romantic Love and Consumer Culture -- Bibliography -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Surveying the latest Chinese TV shows centered on romantic relationships, this book joins the expanding body of literature on the ever-evolving structures of feelings while breaking new grounds in media studies. With its thorough investigation of a wide range of genres, narratives, and public discourses, the volume makes timely and significant contributions to the fields of media studies, China studies, and the cultural history of love and romance."--Hui Faye Xiao, University of Kansas, USA "What does romantic love mean for Chinese people today? How is love represented in popular Chinese television programs? Huike Wens fascinating and important book explores how romantic love promises young Chinese urbanites individual freedom, fulfillment, and purpose in life, yet also plays an ideological role in creating social cohesion and maintaining traditional patriarchal values in post-socialist China. An entertaining and thought-provoking insight into how love functions in contemporary Chinese society." --Hsu-Ming Teo, Macquarie University, Australia This book examines how representations of romantic love in Chinese television programs reflect the contradictions inherent to changing dominant values in post-socialist Chinese mainstream culture. These representations celebrate individual freedom, passion, and gender equality, and promise change based on individual diligence and talent, while simultaneously obstructing the fulfillment of these ideals. Huike Wen is an Associate Professor at Willamette University (Salem, Oregon). Her research focuses on the intersection of genders, emotions, media technology, and nations in transnational Chinese and East Asian media and culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 12, 2020)
Subject Television programs -- China
Love on television.
Cultural studies.
Film, TV & radio.
Social Science -- General.
Performing Arts -- General.
Love on television
Television programs
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030477295