Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms: Cultural Fever, Avant-Garde Fiction, and the New Chinese Cinema

Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms: Cultural Fever, Avant-Garde Fiction, and the New Chinese Cinema

by Xudong Zhang
     
 


Blending history and theory, Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms offers both a historical narrative and a critical analysis of the cultural visions and experiences of China’s post-Mao era. In this volume, Xudong Zhang rethinks Chinese modernism as a historical genre that arose in response to the historical experience of Chinese modernity ratherSee more details below

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Blending history and theory, Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms offers both a historical narrative and a critical analysis of the cultural visions and experiences of China’s post-Mao era. In this volume, Xudong Zhang rethinks Chinese modernism as a historical genre that arose in response to the historical experience of Chinese modernity rather than as an autonomous aesthetic movement. He identifies the ideologies of literary and cultural styles in the New Era (1979–1989) through a critical reading of the various “new waves” of Chinese literature, film, and intellectual discourse.
In examining the aesthetic and philosophical formulations of the New Era’s intellectual elites, Zhang first analyzes the intense cultural and intellectual debates, known as the “Great Cultural Discussion” or “Cultural Fever” that took place in Chinese urban centers in the mid- and late 1980s. Chinese literary modernism is then explored, specifically in relation to Deng Xiaoping’s sweeping reforms and with a focus on the changing literary sensibility and avant-garde writers such as Yu Hua, Ge Fei, and Su Tong. Lastly, Zhang looks at the the making of New Chinese Cinema and films such as Yellow Earth, Horse Thief, and King of the Children—films through which Fifth Generation filmmakers first developed a style independent from socialist realism. By tracing the origins and contemporary elaboration of the idea of Chinese modernism, Zhang identifies the discourse of modernism as one of the decisive formal articulations of the social dynamism and cultural possibilities of post-Mao China.
Capturing the historical experience and the cultural vision of China during a crucial decade in its emergence as a world power, Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms will interest students and scholars of modernism, Chinese literature and history, film studies, and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822318460
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/13/1997
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
431
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Bk. 1Literary and Cultural Interventions in the New Era33
Pt. 1Cultural Discourse35
1Main Trends in the Cultural Fever35
2On Some Motifs in the Cultural Discussion71
Pt. 2Literary Discourse101
3Literature of the New Era: Historiography and Ideology101
4The Modernist Intervention122
5The Avant-Garde Intervention143
6Fable of Self-Consciousness: Ge Fei and Some Motifs in Meta-Fiction163
Bk. 2Politics of the Visual Encounter: Reading the Fifth Generation201
Introduction203
Pt. 3The Discourse of Modern Cinema215
7Generational Politics: What Is the Fifth Generation?215
8The Making of a Modern Cinematic Language232
Pt. 4Allegories of the Social Landscape267
9Ramifications and Allegories267
10A Critical Account of Chen Kaige's King of the Children282
11Ideology and Utopia in Zhang Yimou's Red Sorghum306
Pt. 5The Politics of the New Cinema329
12Filmmaker as Artist: The Origins of Modernist Subjectivity329
13National Cinema?347
14Positions in the Field367
Notes391
Index417

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