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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172660
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Series: Culture and Communication in Asia Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Series editor's foreword
Preface
1 How to Read Dragons: the politics of understanding Chinese culture 1
2 Reading style: interacting the Chinese way 24
3 Writing and the ideological machine: Chinese characters and the construction of gender 46
4 Grammar as ideology: critical linguistics and the politics of syntax 69
5 Living with double-think: ambiguity in discourse and grammar 96
6 The cult of the hero: masculinity and popular culture 119
7 Breaking the square: film and representations of China 143
Bibliography 173
Index 179
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