Reviews Jeffrey Kinkley. Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007. viii, 289 pp. Hardcover $55.00, Isbn 9780804754859. Numerous accounts of corruption and its social origins in contemporary China have been produced by Chinese and Western social scientists, journalists, and television reporters. Yet readers familiar with the socially and politically engaged tradition of modern Chinese literature may wonder how contemporary Chinese writers view and represent this overwhelming social problem. Do they follow the official line in the mainstream media, or do they present alternative or dissident voices? Do they even care to write about corruption at all, since some recent studies of Chinese literature imply that writers are more interested in avant-garde and postmodern themes, or in urban middle-class literature, women's private writing, and historical novels that can easily be adapted into television screenplays? Jeffrey Kinkley answers these questions by taking as the subject of his new book a group of writings neglected by Western scholars and elite critics in China yet extremely popular among mass readers: anticorruption novels and their discourse of corruption. Although it can be read as a sequel to his study of law
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 28, 2008
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