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Maoist Laughter

Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath


This volume aims to restore laughter to its proper position in the Mao-era culture. The Mao era was actually a period when laughter was bonded with political culture to an unprecedented degree. Spurred by dynamic political exigencies, many cultural products sought to utilize laughter as a more pliable form of political expression. Laughter was used to highlight antagonisms or downplay differences, to expose and ridicule the class enemy, or to meliorate and conceal contradictions; it could be ritualistic or heartfelt, didactic or cathartic, communal or utopic. In Maoist culture, laughter became ... More

Keywords: Laughter, Socialism, Mao-era culture, comedy, humor, utopia, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528011
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ping Zhu, editor
University of Oklahoma

Zhuoyi Wang, editor
Hamilton College

Jason McGrath, editor
University of Minnesota