In Gilded Voices: Economics, Politics, and Storytelling in the Yangzi Delta since 1949, Qiliang He pieces together published, archival, and oral history sources to explore the role of the cultural market in mediating between the state and artists in the PRC era. By focusing on pingtan, a storytelling art using the Suzhou dialect, the book documents both the state’s efforts to police artists and their repertoire and storytellers’ collaboration with, as well as resistance to, state supervision and intervention. The book thereby challenges long-held scholarly assumptions about the Chinese Communist Party’s success in politicizing popular culture, patronizing artists, abolishing the cultural market, and enforcing rigid censorship in Mao’s times.
Weigang Chen, University of Macau
Weigang Chen's analysis of the legacy of "Confucian Marxism" presents a challenging framework for understanding the politics of "civilizational" diversity and the tenability of a gloal democratic order.
Grace Ai-Ling Chou
By tracing the history of Hong Kong’s New Asia College from its 1949 establishment through its 1963 incorporation into The Chinese University of Hong Kong, this study examines the interaction of colonial, communist, and cultural forces on the Chinese periphery.
This book is a cross-cultural critique on the problem of the liberal cosmopolitan in modern Chinese intellectuality in light of Lin Yutang’s literary and cultural practices across China and America. It points to the desirability of a middling Chinese modernity.
Edited by Cao Tian Yu, Zhong Xueping, and Liao Kebin
Leading scholars examine the interplay between the ideological reorientation and radical social changes in contemporary China in terms of the interpretation, appropriation and mobilization of three major cultural resources (traditional, May Fourth, and socialist) by various social groups.
Tracing the formation of the modern concept of literature in 20th century China, this book examines the emergence of the Chinese socialist realist novel in relation to the literary and philosophical currents globalized in the wake of capitalist modernity.
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