While some of these essays take up key thinkers in Marxist history or draw attention to outstanding problematics, others focus on national literature and discourse in North and South Korea, the "Mao Zedong Fever" of the 1990s, the implications of Li Dazhao's poetry, and the Indian Naxalite movement. Illustrating the importance of central analytical categories like exploitation, alienation, and violence to studies on the politics of knowledge, contributors confront prevailing global consumerist fantasies
with accounts of political struggle, cultural displacement, and theoretical strategies.
Contributors. Tani E. Barlow, Dai Jinhua, Michael Dutton, D. R. Howland, Marshall Johnson, Liu Kang, You-me Park, William Pietz, Claudia Pozzana, Alessandro Russo, Sanjay Seth, Gi-Wook Shin, Sugiyama Mitsunobu, Jing Wang
About the Author
Tani E. Barlow is founder and editor of positions and teaches Chinese Women’s history at the University of Washington. She is the editor of Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia and Gender Politics in Modern China, both of which are published by Duke University Press.
Table of ContentsPreface: Everything Diverges / Tani E. Barlow
Introduction: Decency and Debasement / William Pietz
Dreaming of Better Times: “Repetition with a Difference” and Community Policing in China / Michael Dutton
Constructing Perry’s “Chinaman” in the Context of Adorno and Benjamin / D. R. Howland
Redemption and Consumption: Depicting Culture in the 1990s / Dai Jinhua
Making Time: Historic Preservation and the Space of Nationality / Marshall Johnson
Aesthetics and Chinese Marxism / Liu Kang
The World Conception of Japanese Social Science: The Kõza Faction, the Otsuka School, and the Uno School of Economics / Sugiyama Mitsunobu
“And They Would Start Again”: Women and Struggle in Korean National Literature / You-me Park
Spring, Temporality, and History in Li Dazhao / Claudia Pozzana
Spring / Li Dazhao
The Probable Defeat: Preliminary Notes on the Chinese Cultural Revolution / Alessandro Russo
Interpreting Revolutionary Excess: The Naxalite Movement in India, 1967–1971 / Sanjay Seth
Marxism, Anti-Americanism, and Democracy in South Korea: An Examination of Nationalist Intellectual Discourse / Gi-Wook Shin
“Who Am I?”—Questions of Voluntarism in the Paradigm of Socialist Alienation / Jing Wang
What People are Saying About This
New Asian Marxisms brilliantly dramatizes how contemporary scholars have remembered Marxism in Asia of an earlier time and how this 'afterlife' today calls into question the amnesia of Western Marxism and its own complicity with exclusions identified with the culturalist claims of a 'unified' West. While the essays in this volume are all concerned with a particular place and time, they also remind us of what so often is forgotten--that Marxism is at home only in the world.
Harry Harootunian, New York University