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The Road Home: Rebellion, the Market and Masculinity in the Han Han Phenomenon

Pamela Hunt
p. 29-37

Abstract

Han Han has attracted a significant amount of popular and scholarly attention since he rose to fame in 1999. While the majority of commentators have concentrated on his ambiguous position as rebel-meets-entrepreneur, this article considers the way in which masculinity is performed and constructed in the Han Han phenomenon. It discusses Han Han’s commercial appearances before turning to his debut film The Continent (2014). The article points to the recurring figure of the adventurous mobile man, demonstrating that this celebration of masculinity on the move is the result of global cultural influences, local traditions of manhood, and new market forces. Founded as it is on a conservative understanding of gender and mobility, Han Han’s performance and construction of masculinity cuts into his reputation as a “deviant genius,” demonstrating further ways in which his cultural rebellion is limited. In particular, this article highlights the ways in which his masculinity is constructed at the expense of women and non-hegemonic men.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on September 2021.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Pamela Hunt, « The Road Home: Rebellion, the Market and Masculinity in the Han Han Phenomenon », China Perspectives, 2020-3 | 2020, 29-37.

Electronic reference

Pamela Hunt, « The Road Home: Rebellion, the Market and Masculinity in the Han Han Phenomenon », China Perspectives [Online], 2020-3 | 2020, Online since 01 September 2021, connection on 23 October 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/10372 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.10372

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About the author

Pamela Hunt

Pamela Hunt is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her research focuses on representations of masculinity and mobility in contemporary Chinese literature and film. Oxford China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6LU, United Kingdom.pamela.hunt@orinst.ox.ac.uk

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