Lena Henningsen What Explains the Impact of Popular Chinese Fiction from the Period After the Foundation of the PRC?
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Certain fictional texts written during the seventeen years after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and before the Cultural Revolution are seen as influential and popular over time. In her research project presented in this video LENA HENNINGSEN investigates which factors lead to said popularity, which normative elements are contained in the texts and how they are constructed. She explains how descriptions of everyday actions of the protagonists are codes for underlying normative values and thus provide insights about the early years of the PRC.
LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10078
Tastes of Revolution, Change and Love: Codes of Consumption in Fiction from New China
- Lena Henningsen
- Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
- Published in 2014