From the beginning of this term, I have research object of Androgyny. By the series researches, I found that ‘Androgyny’ was already in our life for long-term. This articles aim to provide the evidences of ‘Androgyny in Culture’.


Androgyny Through Art

Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638, in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, France. He became king in 1643. As of 1661, he started reforming France. In 1667 he invaded the Spanish Netherlands. From 1672–1678 he engaged France in the Franco-Dutch War. In 1688, he led a war between France and the Grand Alliance. By the 1680s, Louis XIV generated public hostility. He died in Versailles, France, on September 1, 1715.

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King Louis XIV

Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton  (25 October 1683 – 6 May 1757) was an Irish and English politician.

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Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton

 

Androgyny Through Media & Communication

Hua Mulan is the heroine of a popular Chinese legend in which a woman disguises herself as a man and goes to war in place of her elderly father. In ancient China, the story was recorded in The Ballad of Mulan.

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Hua Mulan

The film opens on a setting worthy of Dickens, as two young orphan boys are inducted into the Peking Opera’s harsh, perfectionist training academy. The physical and mental hardships are barely endurable, but they produce, after years, classical performers who are exquisitely trained for their roles.(Roger, 1993) Actually, there’re so many  female characters of Peking Opera played by males.

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‘Farewell My Concubine’

 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child.

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Beyonce Knowles

Li Yuchun had her major breakthrough in the 2005 version of ‘Supergirl’, a talent show similar to American Idol. Li, who currently has 2.621.730 followers on Weibo, has continued to be a hot topic on China’s (social) media. Part of her success is her boyish appearance – she is also referred to as ‘Brother Chun’ and is generally called ‘handsome’ instead of ‘pretty’. Li Yuchun has become more than the winner of a talent show; she has become a cultural phenomenon.

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Chinese Singer Li Yuchun(Chris Lee)

There are lots of examples can show ‘Androgyny’ has long history and continue effect our life.


Reference:

[1]Ancient Origins. (2016). The Ballad of Hua Mulan: The Legendary Warrior Woman Who Brought Hope to China. [online] Available at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/ballad-hua-mulan-legendary-warrior-woman-who-brought-hope-china-005084 [Accessed 14 Nov. 2016].

[2]Biography.com. (2016). Louis XIV Biography. [online] Available at: http://www.biography.com/people/louis-xiv-9386885#synopsis [Accessed 14 Nov. 2016].

[3]Ebert, R. (1993). Farewell My Concubine Movie Review (1993) | Roger Ebert. [online] Rogerebert.com. Available at: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/farewell-my-concubine-1993 [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].

[4]Mail Online. (2015). Jourdan Dunn and Toni Garrn at The Little Prince premiere in Cannes. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3093194/Jourdan-Dunn-Toni-Garrn-steal-Little-Prince-premiere-Cannes.html [Accessed 14 Nov. 2016].

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