Vernacularization as Global and Local Experiences: The Huang–Lu Affair in Film and Literature

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

Abstract

This chapter is devoted to studying the filmic and literary works about the love affair. Chinese filmmakers borrowed ideas and techniques from their Hollywood counterparts to represent Huang Huiru as a victimized adolescent girl in the precarious urban milieu. D. W. Griffith’s stereotype of an innocent girl’s falling prey to male desire empowered Chinese intellectuals to call for policing women’s aberrant behaviors. Novels about the elopement fall into the category of “social fiction,” whose writers were committed to exposing the darker side of society and assisting immigrants in drawing up a cognitive map of the labyrinthine cosmopolitan city. I argue that social fiction, structurally and thematically, instilled in its readers the notion that Shanghai was their community for everyday activities despite all sorts of perils and ills. Hence, social fiction writers shared a common ground with left-wing and modernist novelists to imagine the woman as a potential threat to the urban environment.

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  • Qiliang He
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