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"Larson's book stands as a tour de force for readers who want to learn from its neoformalist approach and benefit from its extensive review of the Chinese literary field. Larson has thoroughly engaged the scholarship of critics based both outside of China and in China. As a veteran scholar in the field, Larson is able to, for instance, effortlessly synthesize the four major literary directions among twentieth-century Chinese writers in writing about the countryside. . . Students and researchers in Chinese literary studies will benefit tremendously from a myriad of her ideas and can avail themselves of the book's exhaustive bibliography and informative notes. A short review cannot fully bring out the book's admirable complexity and its brilliant insights teeming everywhere."—Zhen Zhang, Comparative Literature Studies
"Larson's study itself is grounds for optimism about the prospects for global conversation. No brief review can do justice to the great range of ideas in this rich book."—Jungyuan Zhang, Chinese Literature
"This book is rich in detail and sweeping in scope. It should reach a readership beyond the immediate field of Chinese studies."—Tao Jiang, China Journal
"Larson Convincingly puts revolutionary culture in a broader social context, arguing for a deeper understanding of revolutionary mentality, mind and spirit....The significance of [her] study lies especially in the tracing of the introduction, acceptance, and resistance of Freud in China, and in breaking a new theoretical ground- the revolutionary spirit- to discuss China's revolutionary culture."—Jianmei Liu Journal of Asian Studies.
"This is an important study for anyone interested in modern and contemporary China and its revolutionary culture. Embedded with fascinating insights into a wide range of issues such as subject-formation, collective consciousness, and the nation/state construction, this book breaks new ground in our understanding of China's revolutionary culture and complex heritage."—Xiaomei Chen, University of California, Davis