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Celebrity in China$
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Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090873

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090873.001.0001

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Literary Celebrity in China: From Reformers to Rebels

Literary Celebrity in China: From Reformers to Rebels

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Celebrity in China

Shuyu Kong

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines a Chinese literary celebrity from each of the past three decades—Wang Meng (b. 1934), Wang Shuo (b. 1958), and Wei Hui (b. 1974)—to show how developments in the literary field have transformed the nature of celebrity in China today. It begins with a brief discussion of the context and social value of literary production during the socialist, Maoist period (1949–76). It then discusses each of the literary celebrities in turn, moving from the eldest, Wang Meng, through to the youngest, Wei Hui, with a focus on different aspects of literary celebrity culture. Finally, it examines the impacts of Wang Meng, Wang Shuo, and Wei Hui on the broader literary cultures of their times.

Keywords:   literary celebrity, Wang Meng, Wang Shuo, Wei Hui, Maoist period, literary culture

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