Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - Narrative Containment of the Same-Sex Underworld in Bùi Anh Tấn’s Works

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wilson B, Mezzanine Level

Homosexuality has become more visible in Vietnamese popular culture after the publication of Bùi Anh Tấn’s 2000 prize-winning novel Một Thế Giới Không Có Đàn Bà [A World Without Women] and his subsequent adaptation of the novel for a 2005 TV series under the popular franchise Cảnh Sát Hình Sự [The Crime Police]. These pioneering works have forged a strong connection between sex and crime in Vietnamese representations of homosexuality, yet there are limits to these representations. Taking inspiration from D.A. Miller’s work on Victorian fiction, The Novel and the Police, this paper examines the narrative strategies of Vietnamese fiction and television that portray, yet contain the underworld of homosexuality. Examining the particular intersections of homosexuality with prostitution and criminality, the paper also situates the emerging works of Bùi Anh Tấn’s contemporaries in both mediums as they partake in the construction and containment of a marginalized homosexual underworld that is an object of increasing attention and fascination for an ever so curious, yet still ambivalent Vietnamese society.

Quoc Vinh Nguyen

Harvard University, Massachusetts

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Quoc Vinh Nguyen


Assets

4 - Narrative Containment of the Same-Sex Underworld in Bùi Anh Tấn’s Works



Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Narrative Containment of the Same-Sex Underworld in Bùi Anh Tấn’s Works