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The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics

Liang Luo
Format
Book
Published
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780472072170, 047207217X, 9780472052172, 0472052179, 9780472120345
Summary
"The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China explores how an important group of Chinese performing artists invested in politics and the pursuit of the avant-garde came to terms with different ways of being "popular" in modern times. In particular, playwright and activist Tian Han (1898-1968) exemplified the instability of conventional delineations between the avant-garde, popular culture, and political propaganda. Liang Luo traces Tian's trajectory through key moments in the evolution of twentieth-century Chinese national culture, from the Christian socialist cosmopolitanism of post-WWI Tokyo to the urban modernism of Shanghai in 1920s and 30s, then into the Chinese hinterland during the late 1930s and 40s, and finally to the Communist Beijing of the 1950s, revealing the dynamic interplay of art and politics throughout this period. Understanding Tian in his time sheds light upon a new generation of contemporary Chinese avant-gardists (Ai Wei Wei being the best known), who, half a century later, are similarly engaging national politics and popular culture."--Publisher's description.
Contents
  • The Lights of Tokyo
  • The Night and Fire of Shanghai
  • Lovers and Heroes in the Wartime Hinterland
  • The International Avant-Garde and the Chinese National Anthem
  • A White Snake in Beijing: Re-creating Socialist Opera
  • Endings, Happy and Otherwise: Tian Han and Guan Hanqing
  • Ai Wei Wei and the Transformation of the Chinese Avant-Garde.
Description
xviii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
  • Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Harvard University.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-351) and index.
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