Chen Bo'er and the Paradigm of Socialist Film
"Chen Bo'er and the Paradigm of Socialist Film," presented by Professor Wang Zheng, University of Michigan
Open and free to the public
Focusing on a socialist feminist Chen Bo’er who turned from a 1930s movie star to a leader of socialist film industry in the early PRC, this talk examines the relationship between feminism and the Communist Revolution, and Communist women’s crucial role in creating a new paradigm of socialist film. A discussion of Chen Bo’er’s life will be integrated with an analysis of the first revolutionary heroine film Daughters of China (1949) produced under her supervision. Approaching the subject of socialist cultural production from a gender perspective, this talk is part of a larger project aiming to construct a feminist history of the PRC that has long been erased in the post-socialist master narratives.
About the speaker:
Wang Zheng is an Associate Professor of Women's Studies and History and Associate Research Scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at University of Michigan in the US. Wang Zheng’s publications concern feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism, and changing gender discourses in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century. Her recent research projects deal with gender and socialist state formation in the Mao era, and contemporary feminist activism in China in a global context. An academic activist, Wang Zheng is a founding member of the diaspora organization - Chinese Society for Women’s studies that has played a significant role in promoting feminist scholarship in China. She is the founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies that is located at Fudan University, Shanghai.