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The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics"Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture$
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Rosemary Roberts and Li Li

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390892

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390892.001.0001

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How to Tell a Story of Imprisonment

How to Tell a Story of Imprisonment

Ideology, Truth, and Melodramatic Body in the Making of Red Crag

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The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics"

Li Li

Hong Kong University Press

 Red Crag, published at the end of 1961 under the names of Luo Guangbin (Luo Kuang-pin) and Yang Yiyan (Yang Yi-yen), initially aimed at depicting the painful experiences of its authors and other victims incarcerated and tortured at the Sino-American Cooperative Organization in Chongqing toward the end of the war between the Communist Party and the Nationalists, but was eventually transformed into a prototypical “red classic.” Through analysis of the editorial changes in different versions, this chapter demonstrates the methodology and mechanics of the production of the “red classics,” in the selection of data and narrative point of view that accord with “historical truth” juxtaposed with the CCP’s political agenda of the time, as well as the management of the text exercised by various cultural organs of the party.

Keywords:   Red Crag, Luo Guangbin, Luo Kuang-pin, Yang Yiyan, Yang Yi-yen, “red classics”, revolutionary historical novel, “historical truth”

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