Reviews Another puzzling aspect is Kinkley's omission of equally interesting writers such as Zhou Meishen and Zhang Chenggong. Indeed, Zhang Chenggong's anticorruption police fiction, which has exerted a huge influence on TV crime drama, adopts such a unique perspective that its discourse not only competes with the official one but also with the unofficial discourses presented in Kinkley's book. Inclusion of Zhang's work would help to bolster Kinkley's argument that in the loosely defined genre of anticorruption fiction, we see a highly "discursive heterogeneity,"1 which defines all popular genres in contemporary China. Shuyu Kong Shuyu Kong is a lecturer of Chinese studies at University of Sydney specializing in Chinese literature and, more recently, screen culture. Notes 1. Jonathan Hall, "Heroic Repression: Narrative and Aesthetics in Shen Fu's Six Records of a Floating Life." Comparative Criticism 9 (1987): 157. Jon Kowallis. The Subtle Revolution: Poets of the "Old Schools" during Late Qing and Early Republican China. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2006. vii, 299 pp. Paperback $20.00, Isbn 1557290830. What is deemed old in Chinese culture tends to have a tenacious, enduring lease of life in the midst of the new. Classic style poetry is
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 28, 2008
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