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Author Zhong, Xueping, 1956- author.

Title Mainstream culture refocused : television drama, society, and the production of meaning in reform-era China / Zhong Xueping.

Imprint Honolulu : University of Hawai‘i Press, ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 219 pages) : illustrations
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Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-213) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Mainstream culture refocused: toward an understanding of Chinese television drama -- Looking through the negative filmic-televisual intertextuality and ideological renegotiations -- Re-collecting "history" on television: "emperor dramas," national identity, and the question of historical consciousness -- In whose name? "Anticorruption dramas" and their ideological implications -- Boyond romance: "youth drama," social change, and the postrevolution search for idealism -- Also beyond romance: women, desire, and the ideology of happiness in "family-marriage drama" -- Listening to popular poetics: watching songs composed for television dramas -- Epilogue: intellectuals, mainstream culture, and social transformation.
Summary Serialized television drama (dianshiju), perhaps the most popular and influential cultural form in China over the past three decades, offers a wide and penetrating look at the tensions and contradictions of the post-revolutionary and pro-market period. Zhong Xueping's timely new work draws attention to the multiple cultural and historical legacies that coexist and challenge each other within this dominant form of story telling. Although scholars tend to focus their attention on elite cultural trends and avant garde movements in literature and film, Zhong argues for recognizing the complexity of dianshiju's melodramatic mode and its various subgenres, in effect "refocusing" mainstream Chinese culture.Mainstream Culture Refocused opens with an examination of television as a narrative motif in three contemporary Chinese art-house films. Zhong then turns her attention to dianshiju's most important subgenres. "Emperor dramas" highlight the link between popular culture's obsession with emperors and modern Chinese intellectuals' preoccupation with issues of history and tradition and how they relate to modernity. In her exploration of the "anti-corruption" subgenre, Zhong considers three representative dramas, exploring their diverse plots and emphases. "Youth dramas'" rich array of representations reveal the numerous social, economic, cultural, and ideological issues surrounding the notion of youth and its changing meanings. The chapter on the "family-marriage" subgenre analyzes the ways in which women's emotions are represented in relation to their desire for "happiness." Song lyrics from music composed for television dramas are considered as "popular poetics." Their sentiments range between nostalgia and uncertainty, mirroring the social contradictions of the reform era. The Epilogue returns to the relationship between intellectuals and the production of mainstream cultural meaning in the context of China's post-revolutionary social, economic, and cultural transformation.Provocative and insightful, Mainstream Culture Refocused will appeal to scholars and students in studies of modern China generally and of contemporary Chinese media and popular culture specifically.
Note This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode
Subject Popular culture -- China.
Television -- Social aspects -- China.
Television plays, Chinese -- History and criticism.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Reference.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
Popular culture. (OCoLC)fst01071344
Television plays, Chinese. (OCoLC)fst01146993
Television -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01146618
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
Fernsehspiel
Fernsehserie
Massenkultur
Meinungsbildung
Soziokultureller Wandel
China
Fernsehspiel -- China.
Fernsehen -- Gesellschaft -- China.
Medien -- China.
Fernsehen.
Drama.
Chinesisch.
Gesellschaft.
Massenkultur.
China.
Tv-teater -- historia -- Kina.
Populärkultur -- Kina.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Reference.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
Fernsehspiel
Fernsehserie
Massenkultur
Meinungsbildung
Soziokultureller Wandel
China
Fernsehspiel -- China.
Fernsehen -- Gesellschaft -- China.
Medien -- China.
Fernsehen.
Drama.
Chinesisch.
Gesellschaft.
Massenkultur.
China.
Tv-teater -- historia -- Kina.
Populärkultur -- Kina.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Zhong, Xueping, 1956- Mainstream culture refocused. Honolulu : University of Hawai‘i Press, ©2010 9780824834173 (DLC) 2010010583 (OCoLC)564132816
ISBN 9780824860660 (electronic bk.)
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9780824834173 (alk. paper)
0824834690 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780824834692 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780824870010
0824870018
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