Reviews 487 Gregory B. Lee. Troubadours, Trumpeters, Troubled Makers: Lyricism, Nationalism, and Hybridity in China and Its Others. Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996. xvii, 278 pp. Hardcover $45.00, ISBN 0822316595. Paperback $17.95, ISBN 0822316714. This book strikes a rather different note from a host of others that deal with such heavily marked and loaded terms as nationalism, hybridity, and Other that have become academic shibboleths of sorts that students of literature must pronounce in order to cross the line and join the crowd under the general rubric of Cultural Studies. What I am saying is that not only is Gregory Lee knowledgeable about Cultural Studies and the various critical theories underlying that enterprise (and he reads French as well as English and Chinese), but he often has a sense of what is going on and where he stands vis-à-vis the various issues and theories discussed in this book. In my view, at least, that is by no means an easy accomplishment. Right at the outset, then, this book has my recommendation as an informative and original contribution to the study of the cultural scene in contemporary China, a study that often relates the
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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