Postsocialism and Cultural Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-30
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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"Xudong Zhang has produced a brilliant and compelling study of the various forces struggling with one another in China during the pivotal decade that followed the failure of the 1989 social movement. Through a deft explication of the complicated factors at play--summed up wonderfully in a clear exposition of the collision between postmodernism and postsocialism--Zhang is able to provide a uniquely nuanced picture of the China that has emerged as such a formidable force in our globalized age."--Theodore Huters, author of "Bringing the World Home: Appropriating the West in Late Qing and Early Republican China"

Author Biography

Xudong Zhang is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at New York University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Cultural Politics of Socialism
Intellectual Discourse: National and Global Determinations
The Return of the Political: The Making of the Post-Tiananmen Intellectual Field
Nationalism, Mass Culture, and Intellectual Strategies in the 1990s
Postmodernism and Postsocialist Society: Cultural Politics after the "New Era"
Literary Discourse: Narrative Possibilities of Postsocialism
Shanghai Nostalgia: Mourning and Allegory in Wang Anyi's Literary Production in the 1990s
Toward a Critical Iconography: Shanghai, "Minor Literature," and the Unmaking of a Modern Chinese Mythology
"Demonic Realism" and the "Socialist Market Economy": Language Game, Natural History, and Social Allegory in Mo Yan's The Republic of Wine
Cinematic Discourse: Universality, Singularity, and the Everyday World
National Trauma, Global Allegory: Construction of Collective Memory in Tian Zhuangzhuang's The Blue Kite
Narrative, Culture, and Legitimacy: Repetition and Singularity in Zhang Yimou's The Story of Qiu Ju
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