Male Intellectuals’ Gender Narratives in Chinese Left-Wing Films of the 1930s


Ewen Xiao * 1

1 Institute of Mass Communication, Shenzhen University

Corresponding Author

Ewen Xiao


gender, narrative, intellcuturals, other


This paper analyzes the gender narratives in left-wing films produced during 1930s through the feminist perspective. Specifically, it explores male intellectuals’ gender narratives in these films and how these narratives act as an ideological resource that was instrumental in constructing the subject identity of the proletariat and the national identity under the background of Second Sino-Japanese War. Unlike male intellectuals that were depicted as the propagator of new ideas and the torchbearers of the masses during 1910s-1920s, male intellectuals in the left-wing films of 1930s predominantly featured as playing second fiddle to the proletariat and their dominant roles in the New Culture Movement began to diminish. Subsequently, male intellectuals within left wing cinema were featured as a group that needed to be changed and educated by the proletariat and too, were dependent on the proletariat for their cultural and moral liberation.


Ewen Xiao. Male Intellectuals’ Gender Narratives in Chinese Left-Wing Films of the 1930s. CHR (2021) CHR ICEIPI 2021: 34-39. DOI: 10.54254/chr.iceipi.2021195.


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