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Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field

Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Chow, Rey

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These essays use critical theory to reflect on issues pertaining to modern Chinese literature and culture and, in the process, transform the definition and conceptualization of the field of modern Chinese studies itself. The wide range of topics addressed by this international gr...oup of scholars includes 20th-century literature produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China; film, art, history, popular culture, and literary and cultural criticism, as well as the geographies of migration and diaspora. One of the volume's provocative suggestions is that the old model of area studies - an offshoot of US Cold War strategy that found its anchorage in higher education - is no longer feasible for the diverse and multifaceted experiences that are articulated under the rubric of Chineseness. As Rey Chow argues in her introduction, the notion of a monolithic Chineseness bound ultimately to mainland China is, in itself, highly problematic because it recognizes neither the material realities of ethnic minorities within China nor those of populations in places such as Tibet, Taiwan and post-British Hong Kong. Above all, this book demonstrates that, as the terms of a chauvinistic sinocentrism become obsolete, the critical use of theory - particularly by younger China scholars whose enthusiasm for critical theory coincides with changes in China's political economy in recent years - will enable the emergence of fresh connections and insights that may have been at odds with previous interpretive convention. Originally published as a special issue of the journal Boundary 2, this collection includes two essays and an afterword by Paul Bove that places its arguments in the context of contemporary cultural politics. It will have far-reaching implications for the study of modern China and should be of interest to scholars of theory and culture in general.
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ISBN 9780822325970
Publisher Inbooks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780822325970
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint Duke University Press
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Chow, Rey
Series Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Area / Regional Studies
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 951
Weight 572g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress China - Civilization - 20th century, Popular culture - China, China, China, 20th century
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly