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Mrs Tianhua Xu

PhD Research

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PhD Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  


Project Title and Description

A Corpus - based comparative study of women’s representation in Chinese mainstream Newspapers: with particular reference to Renmin Ribao(People’s Daily) and Shen Bao

China has experienced tremendous social changes since the late Qing dynasty in 1872. Among the most dramatic social cultural shifts that accompanied political transformation, were changes in the women’s roles in society, a phenomenon that have been documented by the portrayals of women in the mass media. This study examines how ideologies and cultures over that time period affected how women and female gender are presented in these mainstream print media over 140 year of time, from 1872 to 2012, in the mainstream newspapers published during four distinct epochs in Chinese history. This study is an exploration of the representation of gender issues in China over time and comparatively, involving qualitative textual analysis of selected print media data and quantitative corpus analysis. Contrastive and collaborative insights are accordingly provided concerning the positions taken by the selected print media discourses on the contradictory and dynamic interaction of a number of ideologies and cultures.