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This ambitious work is a multimedia, interdisciplinary study of Chinese modernity in the context of globalization from the late nineteenth century to the present. Sheldon Lu draws on Chinese literature, film, art, photography, and video to broadly map the emergence of modern China in relation to the capitalist world-system in the economic, social, and political realms. Central to his study is the investigation of biopower and body politics, namely, the experience of globalization on a personal level. Lu first outlines the trajectory of the body in modern Chinese literature by focusing on the adventures, pleasures, and sufferings of the male (and female) body in the writings of selected authors. He then turns to avant-garde and performance art, tackling the physical self more directly through a consideration of work that takes the body as its very theme, material, and medium. In an exploration of mass visual culture, Lu analyzes artistic reactions to the multiple, uneven effects of globalization and modernization on both the physical landscape of China and the interior psyche of its citizens. This is followed by an inquiry into contemporary Chinese urban space in popular cinema and experimental photography and art. Examples are offered that capture the daily lives of contemporary Chinese as they struggle to make the transition from the vanishing space of the socialist lifestyle to the new capitalist economy of commodities. Lu reexamines the history and implications of China’s belated integration into the capitalist world system before closing with a postscript that traces the genealogy of the term "postsocialism" and points to the real relevance of the idea for the investigation of everyday life in China in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: China and the Global Biopolitical Order
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Part 1 Literature and Biopolitics
  2. p. 21
  1. 1 Waking to Global Modernity: The Classical Tale in the Late Qing
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. 2 When Mimosa Blossoms: Blockage of Male Desire in Yu Dafu and Zhang Xianliang
  2. pp. 38-52
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  1. 3 Body Writing: Beauty Writers at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century
  2. pp. 53-67
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  1. Part 2 Art: From the National to the Diasporic
  2. p. 69
  1. 4 The Naked Body Politic in Postsocialist China and the Chinese Diaspora
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 5 “Beautiful Violence”: War, Peace, Globalization
  2. pp. 93-111
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  1. Part 3 Sinophone Cinema and Postsocialist Television
  2. p. 113
  1. 6 Hollywood, China, Hong Kong: Representing the Chinese Nation-State in Filmic Discourse
  2. pp. 115-129
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  1. 7 History, Memory, Nostalgia: Rewriting Socialism in Film and Television Drama
  2. pp. 130-149
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  1. 8 Dialect and Modernity in Twenty-first-Century Sinophone Cinema
  2. pp. 150-163
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  1. Part 4 Cityscape in Multimedia
  2. p. 165
  1. 9 Tear Down the City: Reconstructing Urban Space in Cinema, Photography, Video
  2. pp. 167-190
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  1. Historical Conclusion: Chinese Modernity and the Capitalist World-System
  2. pp. 191-203
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  1. Postscript: Answering the Question, What Is Chinese Postsocialism?
  2. pp. 204-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-232
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  1. Chinese Glossary
  2. pp. 233-239
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-253
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-264
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824861865
Related ISBN
9780824831110
MARC Record
OCLC
257424585
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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