From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China (review)

From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China (review) COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES of cultural influence in a globalized world. In this view, detective fiction emerges as a fundamentally comparative problem for scholars, requiring multiple linguistic and cultural competences--and requiring a recognition that these high-speed, transcultural, and transnational cultural movements, for good and ill, make trouble for the well-established categories of identity. Robert A. Rushing University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China. By Wendy Larson. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. 336 pp. Cloth $55.00. Wendy Larson's book makes an important contribution to the study of twentieth-century Chinese literature and film by revealing the productive tension between cultural studies approaches and neoformalism. Larson's shift from Freudian theory to neoformalism exemplifies a text-centered approach that is thoroughly informed but not overwhelmed by the critical trends in new historicism and cultural studies. Focusing on five stories and films produced in 1990s that mostly deal with Cultural Revolution experiences, Larson's project demonstrates how the revolutionary spirit acts as a crux for understanding modern Chinese literary expressions. While the texts she studies might exhibit subjectivity that looks like the kind of modern self defined by Freudian sexualized desire, in showcasing diverse http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China (review)

Comparative Literature Studies, Volume 49 (3) – Aug 17, 2012

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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE STUDIES of cultural influence in a globalized world. In this view, detective fiction emerges as a fundamentally comparative problem for scholars, requiring multiple linguistic and cultural competences--and requiring a recognition that these high-speed, transcultural, and transnational cultural movements, for good and ill, make trouble for the well-established categories of identity. Robert A. Rushing University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China. By Wendy Larson. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. 336 pp. Cloth $55.00. Wendy Larson's book makes an important contribution to the study of twentieth-century Chinese literature and film by revealing the productive tension between cultural studies approaches and neoformalism. Larson's shift from Freudian theory to neoformalism exemplifies a text-centered approach that is thoroughly informed but not overwhelmed by the critical trends in new historicism and cultural studies. Focusing on five stories and films produced in 1990s that mostly deal with Cultural Revolution experiences, Larson's project demonstrates how the revolutionary spirit acts as a crux for understanding modern Chinese literary expressions. While the texts she studies might exhibit subjectivity that looks like the kind of modern self defined by Freudian sexualized desire, in showcasing diverse

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