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Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution$
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Jing Meng

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528462

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528462.001.0001

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Janus-Faced Nostalgia

Janus-Faced Nostalgia

Moral Critique, Sentimentalism, and Gender

(p.16) 1 Janus-Faced Nostalgia
Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution

Jing Meng

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 1 examines the films Under the Hawthorn Tree and Coming Home and their nostalgic and sentimental style. In Under the Hawthorn Tree, nostalgia for the past derives from discontent with contemporary materialistic society, and socialism here represents a critique of materialism and consumerism. However, the film commodifies and fetishizes nostalgia in the female body, making the gendered nostalgia a selling point. Presented from a personalized perspective, Under the Hawthorn Tree and Coming Home embrace market logic and soothe the rupture in official discourses about the Cultural Revolution. In this case, personal memory is used as a selling point for a niche market of family dramas.

Keywords:   Under the Hawthorn Tree, Coming Home, Film, The Cultural Revolution, Gendered nostalgia, Family drama

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