China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Master Narratives and Post-Mao Counternarratives

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Woei Lien Chong
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - History - 410 pages
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Treating China's Cultural Revolution as much more than a political event, this innovative volume explores its ideological dimensions. The contributors focus especially on the CR's discourse of heroism and messianism and its demonization of the enemy as reflected in political practice, official literature, and propaganda art, arguing that these characteristics can be traced back to hitherto-neglected undercurrents of Chinese tradition. Moreover, while most studies of the Cultural Revolution are content to point to the discredited cult of heroism and messianism, this book also explores the alternative discourses that have flourished to fill the resulting vacuum. The contributors analyze the intense intellectual and artistic ferment in post-Mao China that embody resistance to CR ideology, as well as the urgent quest for authentic individuality, new forms of social cohesion, and historical truth. Contributions by: Anne-Marie Brady, Woei Lien Chong, Lowell Dittmer, Monika Gaenssbauer, Nick Knight, Stefan R. Landsberger, Nora Sausmikat, Barend J. ter Haar, Natascha Vittinghoff, and Lan Yang.
 

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Contents

Rethinking Chinas Cultural Revolution amid Reform
3
Chinas Inner Demons The Political Impact of the Demonological Paradigm
27
From Harmony to Struggle from Perpetual Peace to Cultural Revolution Changing Futures in Mao Zedongs Thought
69
Red and Expert Chinas Foreign Friends in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 19661969
93
The Deification of Mao Religious Imagery and Practices during the Cultural Revolution and Beyond
139
The Ideal Socialist Hero Literary Conventions in Cultural Revolution Novels
185
POSTMAO COUNTERNARRATIVES
213
Philosophy in an Age of Crisis Three Thinkers in PostCultural Revolution China Li Zehou Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xiaofeng
215
Resisting Current Stereotypes Private Narrative Strategies in the Autobiographies of Former Rusticated Women
255
Chinas Generation X Rusticated Red Guards in Controversial Contemporary Plays
285
The Cultural Revolution in Feng Jicais Fiction
319
Bibliography
345
Chinese Glossary
385
Index
399
About the Contributors
407
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Page 366 - Summary of the Forum on the Work in Literature and Art in the Armed Forces with Which Comrade Lin Piao Entrusted Comrade Chiang Ching", Chinese Literature 9 (1967), pp.

About the author (2002)

Woei Lien Chong is lecturer and researcher in contemporary Chinese philosophy, Sinological Institute, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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