The Making and Remaking of China’s “Red Classics”: Politics, Aesthetics and Mass Culture, edited by Rosemary Roberts and Li Li

Book review by Yizhong Gu
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, May 2018

The Making and Remaking of China’s “Red Classics” not only reveals the mechanisms and operations of Maoist ideology within a variety of cultural products, it also teases out how aspects of the Maoist legacy have been inherited, twisted, and channeled to serve sociopolitical purposes in the reform era (chapters are broadly divided into those addressing issues from the “Maoist Era” and those from the “Reform Era”). In the process, this volume both instantiates a rigorous methodology for the scholarly analysis of “Red Classics” and demonstrates how socialist works of art and aesthetics continue to inform PRC cultural production in the present. . . .

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