Chinese Cultural Revolution A History

ISBN-10: 0521697867
ISBN-13: 9780521697866
Edition: 2008
Authors: Paul Clark
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Description: A groundbreaking study of cultural life during a turbulent and formative decade in contemporary China, this book seeks to explode several myths about the Cultural Revolution (officially 1966-1976). Through national and local examination of the full  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

A groundbreaking study of cultural life during a turbulent and formative decade in contemporary China, this book seeks to explode several myths about the Cultural Revolution (officially 1966-1976). Through national and local examination of the full range of cultural forms (film, operas, dance, other stage arts, music, fine arts, literature, and even architecture), Clark argues against characterizing this decade as one of chaos and destruction. Rather, he finds that innovation and creativity, promotion of participation in cultural production, and a vigorous promotion of the modern were all typical of the Cultural Revolution. Using a range of previously little-used materials, Clark forces us to fundamentally reassess our understanding of the Cultural Revolution, a period which he sees as the product of innovation in conflict with the effort by political leaders to enforce a top-down modernity.

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Acknowledgments
Chronology of Cultural and Political Developments, 1949-1980s
Introduction: A Revolution in Culture
Modelling a New Culture
Modernizing Chinese Opera
The Start of the Cultural Revolution
The First Five Model Operas
The Art of the Model Operas
Spreading the New Models
Proclaiming the Model Performances
Other Model Operas
Transplanting the Models
The Importance of the Model Performances
Reorganizing the Ranks
Fixing Culture on Film
Films Besieged
Cleansing the Ranks
Fixing the Model Performances on Film
New-Style Feature Films
Growing the Industry, Pleasing Audiences
Elaborating Culture: Dance, Music, Stage, and Fine Arts
Dancing for the Revolution
Scoring the Revolution: Music
Staging Culture: Spoken Drama, Quyi, and Other Performance Forms
Visualizing the Modern: Fine Arts and Architecture
Writing Wrongs: Public and Private Fictions and Resistance
Models on the Page: Official Literature
Hidden Pleasures: Unofficial, Underground Literature
Model Assertions: Criticizing Works
Screening Resistance: Films under Attack
Conclusion: Forcing Modernity
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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