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date: 18 September 2019

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“New Queer Cinema,” as coined by B. Ruby Rich in 1992, denotes a set of English and American films featuring same-sex desire and which engage in formal experimentation. How might we understand queer Chinese film? In the American academy, the resurgence of queer has much to do with the question of sociality: how and to what end do normative structures of kinship function and what might the search and practice of other alternatives yield? Queer has also entered Chinese linguistic discourse—although somewhat differently in the context of Hong Kong, the PRC, and Taiwan. This chapter investigates several clusters of works to articulate the formal structures of queer Chinese film and, ultimately, how the meanings of “Chinese,” “queer,” and “film” shift in relation to one another through transnational distribution networks.

Keywords: Chinese, queer, distribution, Cui Zi’en, Fish and Elephant, Solos

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