Formation of a new rural power structure and the failure of gender in utopia:

lesbian image and its metaphors in Wildcat Lake


  • Wen Juan School of Media and Law, NingboTech University
  • Dai Zhe Research Institute of Theatre Film and Television, Communication University of Zhejiang



Rural, Modernization, Power structure, lesbian


Chen Yingsong created Wildcat Lake not just for telling a story about lesbians but also by
describing how Xiang’er, a rural woman, becomes a lesbian in the villages. We can see the “richness”
and “metaphorical meaning” of the lesbian symbol. As far as Wildcat Lake is concerned, it is more
worthy of discussing how Xiang’er becomes a lesbian, which is not only about sex or gender, but also
about political and economic oppression. Therefore, the so-called gender in Utopia will inevitably fail.
Furthermore, the loss of rural subjectivity during modernization and transformation, the subsequent
new power structure, and the resulting oppression and exploitation are the fundamental reasons for
Xiang’er to become a lesbian and eventually “kill her husband”.


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Received: 31/05/2022 Approved: 26/07/2022





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Formation of a new rural power structure and the failure of gender in utopia: : lesbian image and its metaphors in Wildcat Lake. (2022). Trans/Form/Ação, 45(4), 13-28.