Politics, Ideology, and Literary Discourse in Modern China: Theoretical Interventions and Cultural Critique

Politics, Ideology, and Literary Discourse in Modern China: Theoretical Interventions and Cultural Critique

By: Xiaobing Tang (editor), Kang Liu (editor)Paperback

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This collection of essays addresses the perception that our understanding of modern China will be enhanced by opening the literature of China to more rigorous theoretical and comparative study. In doing so, the book confronts the problematic and complex subject of China's literary, theoretical, and cultural responses to the experience of the modern. With chapters by writers, scholars, and critics from mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States, this volume explores the complexity of representing modernity within the Chinese context. Addressing the problem of finding a proper language for articulating fundamental issues in the historical experience of twentieth-century China, the authors critically re-examine notions of realism, the self/subject, and modernity and draw on perspectives from feminist criticism, ideological analysis, and postmodern theory. Among the many topics explored are subjectivity in Chinese cultural theory, Chinese gender relations, the viability of a Lacanian approach to Chinese identity, the politics of subversion in Chinese reportage, and the ambivalent status of the icon of paternity since Mao. At the same time this book offers a probing look into the transformation that Chinese culture as well as the study of that culture is currently undergoing, it also reconfirms private discourse as an ideal site for an investigation into a real and imaginary, private and collective encounter with history. Contributors. Liu Kang, Xiaobing Tang, Liu Zaifu, Stephen Chan, Lydia H. Liu, Wendy Larson, Theodore Huters, David Wang, Tonglin Lu, Yingjin Zhang, Yuejin Wang, Li Tuo, Leo Ou-fan Lee

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Liu Kang is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese at Pennsylvania State University. Xiaobing Tang, Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Colorado, has translated Fredric Jameson's Postmodernism and Cultural Theories into Chinese.


Foreword / Fredric Jameson Introduction / Liu Kang and Xiaobing Tang Part One Problematics of Subjectivity and Modernity Subjectivity, Marxism, and Cultural Theory in China / Liu Kang The Subjectivity of Literature Revisited / Liu Zaifu Split China, or, The Historical/Imaginary: Toward a Theory of the Displacement of Subjectivity at the Margins of Modernity / Ching-kiu Stephen Chan Narratives of Modern Selfhood: First-Person Fiction in May Fourth Literature / Lydia H. Liu Female Subjectivity and Gender Relations: The Early Stories of Lu Yin and Bing Xin / Wendy Larson Part Two Representation, Realism, and the Question of History Ideologies of Realism in Modern China: The Hard Imperatives of Imported Theory / Theodore Huters Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, and Decapitation / David D. W. Wang Red Sorghum: Limits of Transgression / Tonglin Lu Part Three Cultural Critique and Ideology Narrative, Ideology, Subjectivity: Defining a Subversive Discourse in Chinese Reportage / Yingjin Zhang Anxiety of Portraiture: Quest for/Questioning Ancestral Icons in Post-Mao China / Yuejin Wang Resisting Writing / Li Tuo The Function of New Theory: What Does It Mean to Talk about Postmodernism in China? / Xiaobing Tang Postscript / Leo Ou-fan Lee Index Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9780822314165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780822314165
  • ISBN10: 0822314169

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