publication . Article . Other literature type . 2019

Last Empress Fiction and Asian Neo-Victorianism

Ho, Elizabeth;
Open Access English
  • Published: 04 Apr 2019
Abstract
This article claims that ‘Last Empress’ fiction about the Empress Dowager Cixi reveals the postcolonial ethics of Anglophone neo-Victorianism. ‘Last Empress’ texts naturally tend to be bookended by the narrative of a naïve yet ambitious teenage concubine entering the imperial palace and the image of the Empress Dowager, as depicted in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 film, <em>The Last Emperor</em>, rotting on her deathbed. This emphasis on Cixi’s ageing body as a metaphor for China’s perceived humiliations in the past manages and contains, for Western readers, a similar commodification of ‘China’ as a new economic and political powerhouse and brand. This article read...
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