Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era

Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era

by Jie Li


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Jie Li traces the creation, preservation, and elision of memories about China's Mao era by envisioning a virtual museum that reckons with both its utopian yearnings and cataclysmic reverberations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478010180
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 12/04/2020
Series: Sinotheory
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Jie Li is Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and the author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction. Mediating Memories of the Mao Era  1
1. Blood Testament  25
2. Surveillance Files  68
3. Utopian Photographs  100
4. Foreign Lenses  150
5. Factory Rubble  192
6. Museums and Memorials  227
Epilogue. Notes for Future Curators  261
Notes  277
Bibliography  321

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