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Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-Era China

Xueping Zhong


Serialized television drama dianshiju, perhaps the most popular and influential cultural form in China over the past three decades, offers a wide and penetrating look at the tensions and contradictions of the post-revolutionary and pro-market period. This book draws attention to the multiple cultural and historical legacies that coexist and challenge each other within this dominant form of storytelling. This book argues for recognizing the complexity of dianshiju’s melodramatic mode and its various subgenres, in effect “refocusing” mainstream Chinese culture. The book opens with an examination ... More

Keywords: dianshiju, television drama, China, storytelling, mainstream Chinese culture, Chinese art-house, Emperor drama, anti-corruption, Youth drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834173
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xueping Zhong, author
Tufts University