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.
Technological Revolution and Narratives of Working- Class Subjectivity
2016. "Technological Revolution and Narratives of Working- Class Subjectivity", Revolution and Its Narratives : China's Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 , Xiang Cai, Rebecca E. Karl, Xueping Zhong
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This chapter takes up the problem of technology and working-class subjectivity in their narrativizations through late-1950s literature and cinema. If science was to be the measure of the modern, how was technological know-how to be turned into the assets of the proletarian masters of society, and not just the property of a few experts? Narratives of the time had to grapple with the problems of being both “red” (revolutionary) and “expert” (knowledge-bearer) by opening both categories out to include previously apolitical or uneducated populations. The resultant narrations of class conflict and class reconciliation engaged in the factory space by proletarian...