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“Cartoon Periodicals and Discourse of Love in the 1930’s China”

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2013, (33), pp.481-507
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2013..33.020
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2013

Jaeyeon Ahn 1

1연세대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This thesis scrutinizes the love discourse in the three major cartoon periodicals, Shanghai Manhua(Shanghai Sketch), Shidai Manhua(Modern Sketch), and Manhua Shenghuo in the 1920’s and 30’s Modern China, while probing cartoons, sketches, photos, essays, or advertisements. First, I examine the description of a “modern girl” and “modern boy.” These most representative performers of a modern love stand out in their western fashion. Around at the 1930s, they gradually come to include numerous masses in the metropolitan Shanghai, not to mention intellectuals. Secondly, through customs and routines of love, Chinese lovers brought a novel concept of space and time, contrary to those of tradition. On the other hand, they also learned and imitated how to love in a modern terms through lots of western romances, theories on love, love letters, or gossips on love. Overall, the love discourses in the comic periodicals of the 1930’s China gave a birth to a “modern man” whose process was entangled with building a nation-state in modern times.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.