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Ying Zhu, Michael Keane, and Ruoyun Bai

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099401

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099401.001.0001

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Yongzheng Dynasty and Totalitarian Nostalgia

Yongzheng Dynasty and Totalitarian Nostalgia

(p.20) (p.21) 1 Yongzheng Dynasty and Totalitarian Nostalgia
TV Drama in China

Ying Zhu

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the ideological positioning of the revisionist Qing drama. Yongzheng Dynasty (Yongzheng wangchao, 1999), Kangxi Dynasty (Kangxi wangchao, 2001), and Qianlong Dynasty (Qianlong wangchao, 2003) are the best illustrations of the revisionist genre. They feature emperors and patriots who struggle against internal corruption and social injustice as well as external threats, depicting a fictional time of heroic figures and events. The chapter argues that the revisionist drama is informed by post-1989 Tiananmen Square intellectual debates concerning the current state and future direction of China's march toward modernization and the ramifications of this. Yongzheng Dynasty serves as a case in point to illustrate how dynasty dramas have responded to the political and cultural ethos of the time.

Keywords:   Qing drama, Yongzheng Dynasty, Kangxi Dynasty, Qianlong Dynasty, revisionist drama, Tiananmen Square

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