Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons

Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons

by Bob Hodge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415172667

ISBN-13: 9780415172660

Pub. Date: 10/15/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

An innovative text which adopts the tools of cultural studies to provide a fresh approach to the study of Chinese language, culture and society. The book tackles areas such as grammar, language, gender, popular culture, film and the Chinese diaspora and employs the concepts of social semiotics to extend the ideas of language and reading. Covering a range of

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An innovative text which adopts the tools of cultural studies to provide a fresh approach to the study of Chinese language, culture and society. The book tackles areas such as grammar, language, gender, popular culture, film and the Chinese diaspora and employs the concepts of social semiotics to extend the ideas of language and reading. Covering a range of cultural texts, it will help to break down the boundaries around the ideas and identities of East and West and provide a more relevant analysis of the Chinese and China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415172660
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Series:
Culture and Communication in Asia Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of figures
Series editor's foreword
Preface
1How to Read Dragons: the politics of understanding Chinese culture1
2Reading style: interacting the Chinese way24
3Writing and the ideological machine: Chinese characters and the construction of gender46
4Grammar as ideology: critical linguistics and the politics of syntax69
5Living with double-think: ambiguity in discourse and grammar96
6The cult of the hero: masculinity and popular culture119
7Breaking the square: film and representations of China143
Bibliography173
Index179

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