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Treating China's Cultural Revolution as much more than a political event, this innovative volume explores its ideological dimensions. The contributors focus especially on the CR's discourse of heroism and messianism and its demonization of the enemy as reflected in political practice, official literature, and propaganda art, arguing that these characteristics can be traced back to hitherto-neglected undercurrents of Chinese tradition. Moreover, while most studies of the Cultural Revolution are content to point to the discredited cult of heroism and messianism, this book also explores the alternative discourses that have flourished to fill the resulting vacuum. The contributors analyze the intense intellectual and artistic ferment in post-Mao China that embody resistance to CR ideology, as well as the urgent quest for authentic individuality, new forms of social cohesion, and historical truth.

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Ten essays, presented by Chong (contemporary Chinese philosophy, Leiden U., Netherlands), examine the Chinese Cultural Revolution (CR) of the 1960s as an effort to inculcate new cultural discourses that served the needs of the state and explore post- Maoist discourses as rejection and resistance to the imposed ideology. Six of the essays discuss the CR as a "master narrative," and individually explore such topics as the pre-ideological mythic basis of the CR, Mao as a unifying symbol, the apocalyptic thinking of Mao's later life, the depiction of communist heroism, and the role of the foreign outsider in the CR ideology. The remaining essays examine counternarratives in autobiographies, plays, philosophy, and fiction.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-384) and index.

Table of Contents

  1. Rethinking China's Cultural Revolution amid reform /Lowell Dittmer
  2. China's inner demons : the political impact of the demonological paradigm /Barend J. ter Haar
  3. From harmony to struggle, from perpetual peace to Cultural Revolution : changing futures in Mao Zedong's thought /Nick Knight
  4. Red and expert : China's "foreign friends" in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969 /Anne-Marie Brady
  5. Deification of Mao : religious imagery and practices during the Cultural Revolution and beyond /Stefan R. Landsberger
  6. Ideal socialist hero : literary conventions in Cultural Revolution novels /Lan Yang
  7. Philosophy in an age of crisis. Three thinkers in post-Cultural Revolution China : Li Zehou, Liu Xiaobo, and Liu Xiaofeng.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780742518742
Editor:
Chong, Woei Lien
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Editor:
Chong, Woei Lien
Author:
Chong, Woei Lien
Location:
Lanham, Md.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
China--Politics and government--1976-2002
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Number:
432
Series:
World Social Change
Series Volume:
2,33
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.04x5.82x1.04 in. 1.47 lbs.

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