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.
Cultural Politics, or Political Cultural Conflicts, in the 1960s
2016. "Cultural Politics, or Political Cultural Conflicts, in the 1960s", Revolution and Its Narratives : China's Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 , Xiang Cai, Rebecca E. Karl, Xueping Zhong
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Foregrounding the problem of class struggle in the 1960s and its manifestations in literature, this chapter returns to the key question of what happens the day after the revolution and examines literary and other cultural expressions that aimed to address some of the issues confronting postrevolution China. Identifying consumption as a key area that contains a large set of issues, Cai explores the desire to deterritorialize on the part of certain urban youth and the efforts, especially the political logic, to prevent such tendencies. The resulting cultural conflicts and their narrativization in the cultural representations in the 1960s are thoroughly explored.