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Literary Culture in Taiwan : Martial Law to Market Law - Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang

Literary Culture in Taiwan

Martial Law to Market Law

Hardcover Published: 6th October 2004
ISBN: 9780231132343
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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With monumental changes in the last two decades, Taiwan is making itself anew. The process requires remapping not only the country's recent political past, but also its literary past. Taiwanese literature is now compelled to negotiate a path between residual high culture aspirations and the emergent reality of market domination in a relatively autonomous, increasingly professionalized field. This book argues that the concept of a field of cultural production is essential to accounting for the ways in which writers and editors respond to political and economic forces. It traces the formation of dominant concepts of literature, competing literary trends, and how these ideas have met political and market challenges.

Contemporary Taiwanese literature has often been neglected and misrepresented by literary historians both inside and outside of Taiwan. Chang provides a comprehensive and fluent history of late twentieth-century Taiwanese literature by placing this vibrant tradition within the contexts of a modernizing local economy, a globalizing world economy, and a postcolonial and post-Cold War world order.

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Literary Culture in Taiwan is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Taiwan's literary development. -- Rosemary Haddon The China Journal The most comprehensive and theoretically sophisticated treatment of contemporary chinese literature available to date in English -- Christopher Lupke China Review International

Academic Contexts and Conceptual Frameworks
Political and Market Factors in the Literary Field
Soft-Authoritarian Rule and the Mainstream Position
The Modernist Trend and Aestheticization of the "China Trope" in Mainstream Literature
Localist Position as a Product of Social Opposition
Fukan-Based Literary Culture and Middle-Class Fiction
High Culture Aspirations and Transformations of Mainstream Fiction
New Developments in the Post--Martial Law Period
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ISBN: 9780231132343
ISBN-10: 0231132344
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th October 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.31  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.51