A Study on the Father Image in Chinese Film and Television

  •  Fangyi Xu    


The father image in Chinese film and TV shows is often absent or lacks power. This is a new phenomenon presented by fathers in social relations, family relations and self-identity and reflects the implicit identity anxiety behind the father image in the new pattern of middle-class families. The father image in film and TV shows is no longer a symbol of power and authority of the traditional patriarchy but a deconstruction from the loss of discourse to disintegration, not only reflecting the loss of discourse of individuals’ rights but also presenting a certain metaphor of the era. Fathers recovering from their image collapse requires a new sublimation image so that their power representation and self-worth can be renewed.

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