China, Uneven Development, and Global Modernity
This book explores literature, film, critical discourses, and intellectual development in contemporary China, with particular emphasis on the cultural problematics of unevenness in China's pursuit of modernity in the postsocialist period. It investigates Chinese literary and cinematic practices from the paradigm of uneven modernity, along with the effects of unevenness on literature and film from a dialectical perspective. Four case studies that specifically address some of the key questions involved are presented. This introduction discusses uneven modernity and situates postsocialist China in the global condition and proceeds by explaining how the problematic of unevenness can be more fruitfully understood using a dialectical approach. It considers how cultural practices in contemporary China reflect, respond to, and interact with social unevenness by focusing on China's cultural politics and current debates among Chinese intellectuals over uneven developmentalism.
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