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Farewell My Concubine - A Queer Film Classic

Farewell My Concubine

A Queer Film Classic

By Helen Hok-Sze Leung
Series edited by Thomas Waugh & Matthew Hays
Categories: LGBTQ+, Gay Literature, Film & Media, BIPOC, Asian Literature
Series: Queer Film Classics
Paperback : 9781551523620, 132 pages, 2010


Farewell My Concubine: A Queer Film Classic is a thought-provoking consideration of Chen Kaige's acclaimed 1992 Chinese film set in the mid-20th century abouttwo male Peking opera stars and the womanwho comes between them, set against the politicalturmoil of a China in transition. The film'streatment of gender performance and homosexuality was a first in Chinese cinema, and the subject of much controversy there. The movie,which helped to bring contemporary Chinesefilms onto the world stage, won the Palme d'Orat the Cannes Film Festival (the first Chinesefilm to do so), and was nominated for a BestForeign-Language Film Oscar.

This book, one of two new QFCs to focus onAsian queer cinema, places the film in its historicaland cultural context while drawing on freshinsights from recent works on transgender andqueer studies to provide readers with an intimate,provocative, and original look at the film.

The QUEER FILM CLASSICS series, begun in2009, consists of critical yet populist monographson classic films of interest to LGBT audienceswritten by esteemed film scholars and critics. The series is edited by authors Thomas Waugh (Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed) and MatthewHays (The View from Here).


Arsenal Pulp Press's Queer Film Classic series has established itself as the premiere source of critical acumen about queer film. This year's titles - three inaugurated the series in 2009 - combine scholarship with cultural context, assessing the films sometimes almost scene-by-scene and always with an eye as to what makes the movies relevant both historically and contemporaneously.
-Richard Labonte, Book Marks

- Book Marks

An intimate, provocative and original look at the film . .. I left this book with a deep understanding not only of the film itself but also the way in which sexuality and gender has developed and grown in China in the last two centuries.
-GScene magazine (UK)

- GScene

This small volume is the perfect accompaniment to Chen Kaige's ground-breaking film of the same name . .. This book should be included in any collection that holds the film Farewell my Concubine, and every library should own this unique and provocative film.
-American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table

- ALA GLBT Round Table