Revolution and Its Narratives : China's Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966
Cai Xiang is Professor of Chinese Literature and Director of the Research Institute for Contemporary Literature at Shanghai University.Rebecca E. Karl is Associate Professor of History at New York University and the author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History, also published by Duke University Press.Xueping Zhong is Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture at Tufts University and the author of Masculinity Besieged?: Issues of Modernity and Male Subjectivity in Chinese Literature of the Late Twentieth Century, also published by Duke University Press.
The Mobilization Structure: The Masses, Cadres, and Intellectuals
2016. "The Mobilization Structure: The Masses, Cadres, and Intellectuals", Revolution and Its Narratives : China's Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 , Xiang Cai, Rebecca E. Karl, Xueping Zhong
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Focusing on the unique mobilization-reform structure both in political life and as represented in literature, this chapter examines the extent to which this structure became an underlying political and cultural topos in socialist China and how this topos was manifested in literature and through narrative. Recognizing the historical particularities of this structure in relation to postrevolutionary transformation, Cai brings in such key categories as the masses, cadres, and intellectuals and examines the ways in which each category is presented in literature as well as the various contradictions illumined through narrative practices.