1st Edition

Intellectuals in Revolutionary China, 1921-1949 Leaders, Heroes and Sophisticates

By Hung-yok Ip Copyright 2005
    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book originally examines how prominent communist intellectuals in China during the revolutionary period (1921 to 1940) constructed and presented identities for themselves and how they narrated their place in the revolution.

    Part 1: Introduction  1. Perspectives  Part 2: Leaders: Self-Construction from the Functional Perspective  2. Radical Intellectuals as the Guiding Force of Change: The Beginning of the Political Odyssey  3. Manufacturing Political Leadership I: The Yaqian Intellectuals and Peng Pai  4. Manufacturing Political Leadership II: Mao Zedong  Part 3: Heroes: Self-Construction from the Emotional Perspective  5. Narrating Politicized Subjectivity  6. The Nobility of Ambivalence and Devotion  Part 4: Sophisticates: Self-Construction from the Aesthetic Perspective  7. Clinging to Refinement in the Revolution  Part 5: Epilogue  8. Self-Construction, Politics and Culture: Some General Reflections  9. Conclusion.  Index of Chinese Names and Phrases 


    Hung-yok Ip is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Oregon State University.

    'In this study of revolutionaries' self-construction as leaders, heroes and sophisticates and the way their self-construction helped shape the culture and politics of the pre-and post- 1949 periods Hung-yok Ip makes a very important contribution to our understanding of China's twentieth-Centurry revolutionary experience' - Timothy B. Weston, IRSH, Volume 53-2008