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Writing about the Past : an Act of Resistance. An Overview of Independent Journals and Publications about the Mao Era
Popular Memories of the Mao Era. From Critical Debate to Reassessing History
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press
21 - 42 p.
Mao Era, independent journals, resistance
[Book abstract] The present volume provides an overview of new forms of popular memory, in particular critical memory, of the Mao era. Focusing on the processes of private production, public dissemination, and social sanctioning of narratives of the past in contemporary China, it examines the relation between popular memories and their social construction as historical knowledge. The three parts of the book are devoted to the shifting boundary between private and public in the press and media, the reconfiguration of elite and popular discourses in cultural productions (film, visual art, and literature), and the emergence of new discourses of knowledge through innovative readings of unofficial sources. Popular memories pose a challenge to the existing historiography of the first thirty years of the People’s Republic of China. Despite the recent backlash, these more critical reflections are beginning to transform the mainstream narrative of the Mao era in China.