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Mother Earth Tuya's Marriage

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Following Wang Quanan's claims about the topics of his film, I argue that the interrelationship he describes constitutes a sort of ecofeminist intertextuality that challenges stereotypical patriarchal marital systems and gender ideologies. Essentially speaking, Tuya is Mother Earth; her illness, a consequence of the overuse of her physical powers, mirrors the abuse of the natural environment. The audiovisual ecofeminism in the cinematic story of Mother Earth Tuya's marriage revises the stereotypical patriarchal definitions of polygamy, division of labor, women working force, dowry, divorce, men's ownership of women, and even penis envy or castration fear.
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Keywords: Tuya's marriage; ecofeminist intertextuality; metaphor; mother earth; patriarchal society

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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