Chinese Contemporary Popular Culture: Postmodern Deconstruction of the Socialist Revolutionary Master Narrative

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Stockwell, Stephen

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2009
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The concern of this thesis in postmodernity in China. It explores postmodernity in Chinese popular culture and by analysis it shows how popular culture texts challenge the meta-narrative of socialist revolution. Contemporary philosophical theories and perspectives are used to analyse a range of modern film and drama scripts, novels, and youth culture phenomena. This postmodern analysis of a diverse but nonetheless representative range of Chinese popular culture exposes Chinese popular culture's postmodern intent, that is, (in part), to challenge and interrogate the dominance of the conservative, 'modern', meta-narrative as it is most often encapsulated in China within the paradigm of 'socialist revolution'.

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Thesis (PhD Doctorate)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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School of Arts

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Chinese popular culture

Postmodernity in China

Socialist revolution

Youth culture in China

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