A. PLEASE WATCH â€œSwordsman 2â€ [also known as â€œThe Legend of the Swordsman: Asia the Invincibleâ€] before class For background information, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swordsman_II
Answer the following questions: In â€œSwordsman 2,â€ do you think the main villainâ€™s transgender identity is represented as part of her power? Is this a negative portrayal, a positive portrayal, or neither?
B. READ Helen Hok-Sze Leung, â€œTrans on Screen,â€ in Transgender China, ed. Chiang, Howard, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 183-198. Answer the following questions: According to Leung, what is the difference between Jin Yongâ€™s portrayal of Dongfang Bubaiâ€™s transgendered body in the original novel and the portrayal of her body in the film? What difference does it make, according to Leung and some of the critics she quotes, that Dongfang Bubai in the film is played by a female actress, Brigitte Lin? Elaborate.
C. Read one of the following and summarize it in your own words:
1. Tze-lan Sang, â€œThe Transgender Body in Wang Duluâ€™s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,â€ in Martin, Fran and Larissa Heinrich, eds., Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation, and Chinese Cultures, ed. Martin, Fran and Larissa Heinrich, Honolulu: University of Hawaiâ€™i Press, 2006: 98-114.] [show clips]
2. Berry, Chris. â€œStellar Transit: Bruce Leeâ€™s Body or Chinese Masculinity in a Transnational Frame,â€ in Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation, and Chinese Cultures, ed. Martin, Fran and Larissa Heinrich, Honolulu: University of Hawaiâ€™i Press, 2006: 218-234.
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