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Space, Politics, and Cultural Representation in Modern China
Cartographies of Revolution

ISBN 9781138350632
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
238 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Regarding revolution as a spatial practice, this book explores modes of spatial construction in modern China through a panoramic overview of major Chinese revolutionary events and nuanced analysis of cultural representations.

Examining the relationship between revolution, space, and culture in modern China the author takes five spatially significant revolutionary events as case studies - the territorial dispute between Russia and the Qing dynasty in 1892, the Land Reform in the 1920s, the Long March (1934-36), the mainland-Taiwan split in 1949, and the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) - and analyses how revolution constructs, conceives, and transforms space. Using materials associated with these events, including primarily literature, as well as maps, political treatises, historiography, plays, film, and art, the book argues that in addition to redirecting the flow of Chinese history, revolutionary movements operate in and on space in three main ways: maintaining territorial sovereignty, redefining social relations, and governing an imaginary realm.

Arguing for reconsideration of revolution as a reorganization of space as much as time, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Chinese culture, society, history and literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Map Unrolled, Dagger Revealed: Geography, Humans, and Violence 1. The Will to Land, The Will to Revolution: Land Reform in Political and Literary Manifestation in Late 1920s and Early 1930s China 2. The Long March: From a Search for a Promised Land to a Site of Memory 3. In Search of a Home(land): Stranded Intellectuals—Xiao Hong vs. Ding Ling 4. Dialectics of Retreat and Return: Spatial Imagination Between the Mainland and Taiwan in the 1950s 5. The Specters of Revolution Haunting China: A Phantasmatic Space of the Cultural Revolution. Coda - Cartography of Revolution: The Entire Nation Is Red

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Enhua Zhang is Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. She is the co-editor of Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (2016).