Occidentalism: A Theory of Counter-Discourse in Post-Mao China / Edition 1

Occidentalism: A Theory of Counter-Discourse in Post-Mao China / Edition 1

by Xiaomei Chen
     
 

Xiaomei Chen offers an insightful account of the unremittingly favorable depiction of Western culture and its negative characterization of Chinese culture in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations between the East and West from a vantage point more complex than that accommodated by most current theories of Western

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Xiaomei Chen offers an insightful account of the unremittingly favorable depiction of Western culture and its negative characterization of Chinese culture in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations between the East and West from a vantage point more complex than that accommodated by most current theories of Western imperialism and colonialism. Going beyond Edward Said's construction in Orientalism of cross-cultural appropriations as a defining facet of Western imperialism, Chen argues that the appropriation of Western discourse—what she calls "Occidentalism"—can have a politically and ideologically liberating effect on contemporary non-Western culture. Using China as a focus of her analysis, Chen examines a variety of cultural media, from Shakesperian drama, to Western modernist poetry, to contemporary Chinese television. She thus places sinology in the general context of Western theoretical discourses, such as Eurocentrism, postcolonialism, nationalism, modernism, feminism, and literary hermeneutics, showing that it has a vital role to play in the study of Orient and Occident and their now unavoidable symbiotic relationship. Occidentalism presents a new model of comparative literary and cultural studies that reenvisions cross-cultural appropriation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195085792
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Occidentalism as a Counter-Discourse: He shang Controversy27
2Occidentalist Theater: Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brecht as Counter Others49
3"Misunderstanding" Western Modernism: The Menglong Movement69
4A Wildman Between the Orient and the Occident: Retro-Influence in Comparative Literary Studies99
5Wilder, Mei Lanfang, and Huang Zuolin: A "Suggestive Theater" Revisited119
6Fathers and Daughters in Early Modern Chinese Drama: On the Problematics of Occidentalism in Cross-Cultural\Gender Perspective137
Postscript157
Notes169
Glossary203
Bibliography215
Index233

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