Literature the People Love Reading Chinese Texts from the Early Maoist Period (1949-1966)

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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In the Maoist period, authors and the communist literary establishment shared the belief that art could reshape reality, and was thus just as crucial to the political establishment as building new infrastructure or developing advanced weaponry. Literature the People Loves investigates the production of a literary system designed to meet the needs of a newly revolutionary society in China, decentering the Cold War understanding of communist culture. Krista Van Fleit Hang shows readers how to understand the intersection of gender, tradition, and communist ideology in essential texts. Rather than arguing for or against the literary merits of the works of the early Maoist period, the book presents a sympathetic understanding of culture from a period in China's history in which people's lives were greatly affected by political events.

Author Biography

Krista Van Fleit Hang is Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina, USA.

Table of Contents

1. People's Literature and the Construction of a New Chinese Literary Tradition
2. Creativity and Containment in the Transformations of Li Shuangshuang
3. The Heart of the Party: Gender and Communist Party Ideals in Tracks in the Snowy Forest
4. Educational Laughter: Urban Cinema and Community Formation
5. Conclusion: More, Better, Faster, More Economically: The Ming Tombs Reservor and a Different Path for Maoist Culture

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