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Chinas Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Master Narratives and Post-Mao Counternarratives Woei Lien Chong

Chinas Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Master Narratives and Post-Mao Counternarratives

Woei Lien Chong

Published August 15th 2002
ISBN : 9780742518735
Hardcover
432 pages
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Treating Chinas Cultural Revolution as much more than a political event, this innovative volume explores its ideological dimensions. The contributors focus especially on the CRs discourse of heroism and messianism and its demonization of the enemyMoreTreating Chinas Cultural Revolution as much more than a political event, this innovative volume explores its ideological dimensions. The contributors focus especially on the CRs 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.