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Treacherous Subjects is a provocative and thoughtful examination of Vietnamese films and literature viewed through a feminist lens. Lan Duong investigates the postwar cultural productions of writers and filmmakers, including Tony Bui, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Tran Anh Hung.

Taking her cue from the double meaning of "collaborator," Duong shows how history has shaped the loyalties and shifting alliances of the Vietnamese, many of whom are caught between opposing/constricting forces of nationalism, patriarchy, and communism. Working at home and in France and the United States, the artists profiled in Treacherous Subjects have grappled with the political and historic meanings of collaboration. These themes, which probe into controversial issues of family and betrayal, figure heavily in fictions such as the films The Scent of Green Papaya and Surname Viet Given Name Nam.

As writers and filmmakers collaborate, Duong suggests that they lay the groundwork for both transnational feminist politics and queer critiques of patriarchy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Manufacturing Feminine Virtue: The Films of Tony Bui and Tran Anh Hung
  2. pp. 23-56
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  1. 2. Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Narratives: Traitors and Collaborators in Vietnamese Women’s Diasporic Literature
  2. pp. 57-89
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  1. 3. Heroes and Traitors: The Gendered Fictions of Đặng Nhật Minh and Dương Thư Hương
  2. pp. 90-121
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  1. 4. Traitors and Translators: Reframing Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Surname Viet Given Name Nam and A Tale of Love
  2. pp. 122-147
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  1. 5. Betraying Feminine Virtue: Collaborative Effects and the Transnational Circuits of Vietnamese Popular Culture
  2. pp. 148-178
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  1. Conclusion: Family Politics and the Art of Collaboration
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-253
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439901793
Related ISBN
9781439901786
MARC Record
OCLC
787866943
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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