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Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (review)

Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (review) China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 2, 2009 Jason McGrath. Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. xi, 300 pp. Hardcover $60.00, isbn 0-8047-5874-3. In his new book, Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age, Jason McGrath draws on a breadth of cleverly selected sources to examine how Chinese society and culture have been transformed in the era of marketization. He defines this phase as the "postsocialist period." By the early 1990s, the period of 1978 to 1989 had been designated a new era in Chinese history, and the period following a post-new era. The author suggests that since 1990, the cultural life of China started to enter a period of postmodernity. Life in China has swung away from the expectations of modernity associated with the Maoist revolution. In his first chapter, McGrath argues that the impact of marketization not only affects Chinese society and culture, but also it is an inseparable part of the globalization in "postsocialist modernity" (p. 2). Therefore, this era in China has to be read in the context of the wider "history of the global capitalist system" (p. 2), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (review)

China Review International , Volume 16 (2) – Oct 31, 2009

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China Review International: Vol. 16, No. 2, 2009 Jason McGrath. Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. xi, 300 pp. Hardcover $60.00, isbn 0-8047-5874-3. In his new book, Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age, Jason McGrath draws on a breadth of cleverly selected sources to examine how Chinese society and culture have been transformed in the era of marketization. He defines this phase as the "postsocialist period." By the early 1990s, the period of 1978 to 1989 had been designated a new era in Chinese history, and the period following a post-new era. The author suggests that since 1990, the cultural life of China started to enter a period of postmodernity. Life in China has swung away from the expectations of modernity associated with the Maoist revolution. In his first chapter, McGrath argues that the impact of marketization not only affects Chinese society and culture, but also it is an inseparable part of the globalization in "postsocialist modernity" (p. 2). Therefore, this era in China has to be read in the context of the wider "history of the global capitalist system" (p. 2),

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Published: Oct 31, 2009

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