Date of Award

January 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Media Studies


Carol M. Liebler

Second Advisor

Anne Osborne


Hegemonic femininity, Leftover women, television dramas, Women representation

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences



This study focuses on the representation of “leftover women” in a Chinese television drama. “Leftover women” is a Chinese expression referring to unmarried women over 30 who have high education and income levels. Through a textual analysis of the “leftover women” images in the television drama We Get Married, this study explores how the femininity of “leftover women” is constructed and how these images reinforce or/and challenge hegemonic notions of femininity.

Keywords: Hegemonic femininity, “leftover women,” women representation, television dramas


Open Access



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