Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Cult of the Great Leader

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As the title indicates Barme (pacific and Asian history, Australian National U.) has collected essays, poems, songs, folkloric anecdotes and photographs celebrating the myth of Mao. His criterion for inclusion in the volume is not limited to the prosaic or scholarly. Mao on Mao appears along with a short essay from a dissident after his 14 year imprisonment by the government. Also included is information on searches for Mao look alikes in the 1970s, extracts from the Central Committee on Mao, and the origin of Mao portraiture in China. The editor supplies an insightful, and cohesing introduction. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563246784
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/1996
  • Pages: 334
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

The Irresistible Fall and Rise of Chairman Mao
Illustrations 75
A Note on the Translations 113
Mao on Mao 115
The Mysterious Circle of Mao Zedong 116
Deng Xiaoping: Mao in Short 118
The Party on Mao 119
A Specter Prowls Our Land 121
Documenting the Demise 128
Mao, a Best-Seller 135
The Mao Phenomenon: a Survivor's Critique 140
Crazed Critics: Two Views of Li Jie 147
From Sartre to Mao Zedong 149
Permanently on Heat: An Interview with Comrade Deng Liqun 151
A Fan from Way Back 156
A Typology of the MaoCraze 158
The Sun Never Sets 162
A Star Reflects on the Sun 170
In a Glass Darkly: An Interview with Gu Yue 177
Draco Volans est in Coelo 183
Let the Red Sun Shine In (A Forum) 186
The Red Sun: Singing the Praises of Chairman Mao 192
A Place in the Pantheon: Mao and Folk Religion 195
CultRev Relics 201
Hanging Mao 211
The Imprisoned Heart: Consuming Mao 215
Drunk in the Rapeseed Patch 221
MaoSpeak 224
Martial Mao 228
Who's Responsible? 233
Publish and Perish 235
The MaoCrazy West 238
All That's Fit to Print 244
In the Footsteps of the Great 248
Praise Be to Mao 250
Sparing Mao a Thought 257
The Last Ten-Thousand Words 259
Galluping Mao: A 1993 Opinion Poll 261
Chairman Mao Graffiti 269
The Specter of Mao Zedong 276
Musical Chairmen 282
Sources 285
Glossary of Chinese Terms 291
Bibliography 297
Index 313
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