(Post)Modernism and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Chinese Literature

Lin Zou, Visiting Scholar, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures,Stanford University

This talk looks into the consumer culture since the 1990s in China that has made "bodily writing" popular, and that presents serious challenge to contemporary Chinese literature's effort to explore possibilities of resistance. This consumer culture shares some features of the postmodern culture characterized by Jean Baudrillard and Fredric Jameson. However, it has complex relation with the Chinese history and the socio-political reality of China. Examining how contemporary Chinese experimental literature engages this consumer culture, this talk reconsiders the relation between consumer culture and literature's critical value, and between complicity and resistance.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies