In Search of Women’s Agency in Everyday Life: The Construction of the Huang–Lu Love Affair in the Press

  • Qiliang He
Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)


This chapter centers on the coverage of the Huang–Lu elopement by various periodicals across the Yangzi Delta as a social drama to cater to the tastes of their readership. It highlights complex interactions among the media, the protagonists of the case, and the readers. Journalists worked hard to cast Huang Huiru variously as a “new woman” fighting for marital freedom, a femme fatale whose sexual desire caused the man’s legal trouble, or a defenseless girl falling prey to a male sexual offender. Journalists gained inspirations from both foreign films and China’s classical fiction to imagine and represent the love affair. The protagonists of the elopement, Huang and Lu, obtained, displayed, and changed their personal identities in accordance with the images journalists gave them in the press and altered the course of their lives accordingly.


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  • Qiliang He
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