Memory of the Mao Era

Over the last decades, there have been more and more diverse expressions of the popular memory of the Mao era. Although many aspects of it cannot be discussed in public, there haCR_Museum_Shantous been an increasing number of independently published memoirs, journals, literary works, documentary films, and even private museums (like the one in Shantou in the photo left) that take a different look at the early years of the People’s Republic. Research on this topic was supported by a grant funded by the ANR (France) and the RGC (Hong Kong) under a joint collaborative research scheme.
See also the ANR-RGC Project website.

Research Articles and Essays:

2014 “Creating a Literary Space to debate the Mao era: the fictionalization of the Great Leap Forward in Yan Lianke’s Four Books,” China Perspectives, no. 2014/4, special issue Remembering the Mao Era: from creative practices to parallel history, pp. 7-16.

2014 “Testimony, History and Ethics: From the Memory of Jiabiangou Prison Camp to a Reappraisal of the Anti-Rightist Movement in Present-Day China.” The China Quarterly, vol. 218 (June 2014), pp. 514-539. .

2012 “The limits of Representation: Wang Bing’s Labor Camp Films,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 6, no. 2, 2012, pp. 173-187.

2012 “Propaganda and Pastiche: Visions of Mao in Founding of a Republic, Beginning of the Great Revival and Let the Bullets Fly, China Perspectives, no. 2012/2, special issue Mao today: A Political Icon for an Age of Prosperity, pp. 41-53. Reprinted in Joseph Cheng, ed., The Use of Mao and the Chongqing Model, Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong Press, 2015, pp. 237-275.

2007 “Utopian Fiction and Critical Examination : the Cultural Revolution in Wang Xiaobo’s The Golden Age”, China Perspectives, n° 2007/4, pp. 75-87. Reprinted as “Utopian Fiction and Critical Examination: The Cultural Revolution in Wang Xiaobo’s The Golden Age”, in Artur Wardega (ed), Belief, History and the Individual in Modern Chinese Literary Culture, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars, 2009, pp. 19-41.