Title

Popularization of traditional culture in postsocialist China : a study of the Yu Qiuyu Phenomenon

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Contemporary China

Publication Date

2-2011

Volume

20

Issue

69

First Page

343

Last Page

358

Publisher

Routledge

Abstract

This essay investigates the ‘Yu Qiuyu’ Phenomenon that attracted literary and critical attention in the 1990s. By examining the historical conditions under which it arose and the prose as a literary genre, I argue that Yu Qiuyu's ‘cultural prose’ writing exemplifies a paradoxical cultural logic deeply symptomatic of postsocialist China: traditional culture, with all its cultural elitism, strategically responds to the sweeping commercialization and re-identifies itself in the social transformation.

DOI

10.1080/10670564.2011.541639

Print ISSN

10670564

E-ISSN

14699400

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Recommended Citation

Gong, H. (2011). Popularization of traditional culture in postsocialist China: A study of the Yu Qiuyu Phenomenon. Journal of Contemporary China, 20(69), 343-358. doi: 10.1080/10670564.2011.541639