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Uneven Modernity: Literature, Film, and Intellectual Discourse in Postsocialist China

Haomin Gong

Abstract

Postsocialist China is marked by paradoxes: economic boom, political conservatism, cultural complexity. This book's study of these paradoxes, or “unevenness,” provides a unique and seminal approach to contemporary China. Reading unevenness as a problem and an opportunity simultaneously, the book investigates how this dialectical social situation shapes cultural production. The investigation begins by constructing a critical framework of unevenness among different theoretical schools and expounding on how dialectical thinking points to a metaphysical paradox in capitalism and modernity: the ine ... More

Keywords: postsocialist China, unevenness, cultural production, capitalism, modernity, literature, popular fiction, commercial cinema, art-house cinema, uneven developmentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835316
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835316.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haomin Gong, author
St. Mary's College of Maryland