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The Cosmopolitan DreamTransnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age$
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Derek Hird and Geng Song

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455850

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455850.001.0001

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Order Restored? Chinese Masculinities in the German Crime Television Series Tatort

Order Restored? Chinese Masculinities in the German Crime Television Series Tatort

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The Cosmopolitan Dream
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Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455850.003.0003

This chapter studies the depiction of Chinese protagonists in the crime series Tatort, the most extensive and longest-running fictional television program in the German-speaking countries. The analysis takes four episodes between 1991 and 2013 as case studies, arguing that different images of Chinese characters, and in particular Chinese men, have created some of the most daring and destabilizing scenarios in the series. Carefully negotiating the rules of both the genre of the detective narrative and the serial form, these episodes stage a narrative cycle of crime and solution, crisis and recovery, which is significantly placed within the realm of masculinities. The episodes thus allow unique insights into the ways popular media have confronted and reflected European anxieties facing China’s growing and threatening power in the world since the 1990s.

Keywords:   Popular media, Television, Seriality, Crime series, Tatort, German-speaking countries, Crisis of masculinity, Chinese masculinities

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