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Treacherous subjects : gender, culture, and trans-Vietnamese feminism / Lan P. Duong.

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Subject: American literature > Vietnamese American authors.
American literature > 20th century > History and criticism.
American literature > 21st century > History and criticism.
Vietnamese diaspora.
Authorship > Collaboration.
Motion pictures > Production and direction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781439901793
  • ISBN: 1439901791
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 253 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Manufacturing feminine virtue : the films of Tony Bui and Tran Anh Hung -- Colonial histories, postcolonial narratives : traitors and collaborators in Vietnamese women's diasporic literature -- Heroes and traitors : the gendered fictions of Đặng Nhật Minh and Du̕o̕ng Thu̕ Hu̕o̕ng -- Traitors and translators : reframing Trinh T. Minh-ha's Surname Viet given name Nam and A tale of love -- Betraying feminine virtue : collaborative effects and the transnational circuits of Vietnamese popular culture -- Conclusion : family politics and the art of collaboration.
Summary: " ... a provocative and thoughtful examination of Vietnamese films and literature viewed through a feminist lens. Lan Duong investigates the postwar cultural productions of writers and filmmakers, including Tony Bui, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Tran Anh Hung. Taking her cue from the double meaning of "collaborator," Duong shows how history has shaped the loyalties and shifting alliances of the Vietnamese, many of whom are caught between opposing/constricting forces of nationalism, patriarchy, and communism. Working at home and in France and the United States, the artists profiled in Treacherous Subjects have grappled with the political and historic meanings of collaboration. These themes, which probe into controversial issues of family and betrayal, figure heavily in fictions such as the films The Scent of Green Papaya and Surname Viet Given Name Nam. As writers and filmmakers collaborate, Duong suggests that they lay the groundwork for both transnational feminist politics and queer critiques of patriarchy."--Provided by publisher.
Source of Description Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (Wiley, viewed June 4, 2014).
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