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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-358
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number69
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


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