Analysing a wide range of Chinese literary and visual texts from the beginning of the twentieth century through the contemporary period, this book challenges the view that canonical and popular culture are self-evident and diametrically opposed categories, and argues that the two cultural sensibilities are inextricably bound up with one another.
Through analyses of a wide range of Chinese literary and visual texts from the beginning of the twentieth century through the contemporary period, the thirteen essays in this volume challenge the view that canonical and popular culture are self-evident and diametrically opposed categories, and instead argue that the two cultural sensibilities are inextricably bound up with one another. An international line-up of contributors present detailed analyses of literary works and other cultural products that have previously been neglected by scholars, while also examining more familiar authors and works from provocative new angles.The essays include investigations into the cultural industries and contexts that produce the canonical and popular, the position of contemporary popular works at the interstices of nostalgia and amnesia, and also the ways in which cultural texts are inflected with gendered and erotic sensibilities while at the same time also functioning as objects of desire in its own right. As the only volume of its kind to cover the entire span of the 20th century, and also to consider the interplay of popular and canonical literature in modern China with comparable rigor, Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture is an important resource for students and scholars of Chinese literature and culture.
Introduction: The Disease of Canonicity (Carlos Rojas) Part One: Producing Popularity Michel Hockx -- Perverse Poems and Suspicious Salons: The Friday School in Modern Chinese Literature Alexander Des Forges -- The Formation of the "Professional Author" as a Figure in Early Twentieth Century Vernacular Fiction Eileen Cheng-yin Chow -- Serial Sightings: News, Novelties, and Zhang Henshui's An Unofficial History of the Old Capital John Christopher Hamm -- On the Literary Consecration of Jin Yong's Fiction. Part Two: Canonical Reflections Jianhua Chen -- An Archaeology of Repressed Popularity: Zhou Shoujuan, Mao Dun, and Their 1920s Literary Polemics Michael Berry -- A Tale of Two Cities: Romance, Revenge, and Nostalgia in Two Fin-de-Siecle Novels by Ye Zhaoyan and Zhang Beihai Ping-hui Liao -- From Romancing the State to Romancing the Store: Further Elaborations on Some Motifs in Contemporary Taiwan Literature Part Three: Nostalgia and Amnesia DAI Jinhua -- Rereading the Red Classics: "Bidding Farewell to Revolution" and Red Nostalgia Weijie Song -- The Reproduction of a Popular Hero: Tsui Hark's Wong Fei-hong Xiaojue Wang -- Memory, Photographic Seduction and Allegorical Correspondence: Eileen Chang's Mutual Reflections Part Four: Gender and Desire David Der-wei Wang -- Popular Literature and National Representation: The Gender and Genre Politics of Begonia Hsiao-hung Chang -- Asking Jin Yong, 'What is sentiment?' -- Gifts, Love Letters, and Material Evidence Carlos Rojas -- Authorial Afterlives and Apocrypha in 1990s Chinese Fiction
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