Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines manifestations of "shame nationalism"—a learned emotional script prevalent in discourses of modern Chinese national identity—in Se, jie (Lust, Caution; Ang Lee, 2007) and its reception. The essay argues that this affectively charged response to perceived national humiliation functions as a form of communal identification that performs and interprets shame as a signal of moral virtue and national devotion. Analyzing performances of shame and humiliation in the film, the article demonstrates how the emotional script for shame nationalism employs the melodramatic mode for its narrativization and dissemination.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 8-31
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-02
Open Access
No
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