The Magic of Concepts: History and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China
Rebecca E. Karl is Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History and Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, and co-translator (with Xueping Zhong) of Cai Xiang's Revolution and Its Narratives: China’s Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966, all also published by Duke University Press. She co-translated and coedited (with Lydia H. Liu and Dorothy Ko) The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory.
The Economic as Culture and the Culture of the Economic: Filming Shanghai
This essay compares two films, Crows and Sparrows of the late-1940s and Once Upon a Time in Shanghai of the mid-1990s. Through this comparison, the discussion focuses on the problem of historical repetition, revolution, and continuity as these are represented in the two films. Concentrating on the local ground of Shanghai, the essay argues that each film figures the practice of the economics of the urban in critical and normative ways ideologically appropriate for their times.