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    Finding a place: mainland Chinese fiction in the 2000s

    Lovell, Julia (2012) Finding a place: mainland Chinese fiction in the 2000s. The Journal of Asian Studies 71 (01), pp. 7-32. ISSN 0021-9118.

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    Abstract

    The political, economic and social changes experienced by China over the past decade have been mirrored by transformations in the literary realm. Writers, editors, critics and readers have contended with the acceleration of commercialisation, the rise of the Internet, and the Communist Party's subtly changing attitude to creative freedom. This essay examines the creative responses of three critically acclaimed generations of novelists – born between the 1950s and 1980s – to this new climate. It considers the way in which writers have become entrepreneurs, managing their own personality cults over the Internet and through media spin. It discusses widespread corruption in literary reviewing; the weaknesses in editorial standards that affect the work of even the most mature voices writing today; and the fluid way in which novelists often abandon fiction for other professions or expressive forms, such as film. Finally, it considers the limits of literary freedom in China's one-party cultural system.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 13:51
    Last Modified: 21 May 2013 13:51
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6936

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