Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Carol M. Liebler
Hegemonic femininity, Leftover women, television dramas, Women representation
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
Peng, Anqi, "Is Marriage a Must? Hegemonic Femininity and the Portrayal of “Leftover Women” in Chinese Television Drama" (2017). Theses - ALL. 157.