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Uneven ModernityLiterature, Film, and Intellectual Discourse in Postsocialist China$
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Haomin Gong

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835316

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835316.001.0001

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China, Uneven Development, and Global Modernity

(p.1) Introduction
Uneven Modernity

Haomin Gong

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   literature, film, intellectual development, unevenness, modernity, uneven modernity, postsocialist China, intellectuals, uneven developmentalism, cultural politics

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