National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China

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National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China

National Past Times Narrative Representation and Power in Modern China In National Past Times Ann Anagnost explores the fashioning and refashioning of modern Chinese subjectivity as it relates to the literal and figurative body of the nation In essays revealing the part

  • Title: National Past-Times: Narrative, Representation, and Power in Modern China
  • Author: Ann Anagnost
  • ISBN: 9780822319696
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • In National Past Times, Ann Anagnost explores the fashioning and refashioning of modern Chinese subjectivity as it relates to the literal and figurative body of the nation In essays revealing the particular temporality of the modern Chinese nation state, Anagnost examines the disparate eras of its recent past and its propensity for continually looking backward in order toIn National Past Times, Ann Anagnost explores the fashioning and refashioning of modern Chinese subjectivity as it relates to the literal and figurative body of the nation In essays revealing the particular temporality of the modern Chinese nation state, Anagnost examines the disparate eras of its recent past and its propensity for continually looking backward in order to face the future Using interviews and participant observation as well as close readings of official documents, propaganda materials, and popular media, Anagnost notes the discontinuities in the nation s narrative moments where this narrative has been radically reorganized at critical junctures in China s modern history Covering a broad range of issues relating to representation and power issues that have presented themselves with particular clarity in the years since the violent crackdown on the student movement of 1989 National Past Times critiques the ambiguous possibilities produced by the market, as well as new opportunities for unfreedom in the discipline of labor and the commodification of women Anagnost begins with a retrospective reflection on the practice of speaking bitterness in socialist revolutionary practice Subsequent essays discuss the culture debates of the 1980s, the discourse of social disorder, the issue of population control, the film The Story of Qiu Ju, and anomalies at the theme park Splendid China.

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    1. Zach on said:

      Really interesting ethnography. Discusses some of the major issues in 90s China, including the One Child Policy, enforcement of laws, and even shifts towards a free market. Only downside is that there is little to no fieldwork in the book, which is unusual for an ethnography. Nevertheless, Anagnost uses various discourses, including literature, film, and newspapers, to frame her arguments.

    2. Jerry on said:

      incredible, so incredible, but have you ever had the feeling that everything you wanted to say was said already, but like 8 years ago, and in a way much better than you could ever hope to?yeah, yeah. i want to be her when i grow up

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