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Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution$
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Jing Meng

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528462

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528462.001.0001

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Contingent Memories, Contested Modernities

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Fragmented Memories and Screening Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution

Jing Meng

Hong Kong University Press

This book has examined the representations of personal memories of the Cultural Revolution in films and television dramas in mainland China after 2001. It aimed to elucidate that personal memories are far from solid and spontaneous; rather, they are constantly constructed and articulated in relation to social, political, and economic contexts. Moreover, film-makers employ divergent personalized narrative modes and construct various versions of personal memories on screen, to address their particular concerns. These disparate micro-narratives across screens (or even on one screen) reveal the contesting memories of and discourses on socialism in contemporary China. In this sense, personal memories also articulate contending Chinese modernities in the postsocialist era.

Keywords:   Trauma, The Cultural Revolution, Film, Memories, Modernity, Postsocialism, China

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