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Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”<sup>*</sup>

Edited by Kam Louie

in Eileen Chang

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083794
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083794.003.0002
Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”*

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This chapter focuses on “Love in a Fallen City” (1943) and “Red Rose, White Rose” (1944), stories that were produced at a time when China was in the midst of Japanese invasion and occupation, so that the standard cultural norms did not operate totally under the usual social constraints. The central male characters in these stories, Liuyuan and Zhenbao, were considered “ideal modern Chinese men”. However, Eileen Chang reveals that despite the social acclaim they both receive from their good social positions and university educations, their gentlemanly image is only a veneer. Their self-seeking behaviour is no different from those of other men who have never been abroad.

Keywords: Love in a Fallen City; Red Rose White Rose; Masculinity; wen-wu; returnee men

Chapter.  8486 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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