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Film Adaptations of Mo Yan's Novels Set during the Cultural Revolution
The Cultural Revolution;Film adaptation;Mo Yan;Chinese-language cinema
|Issue Date: ||2013-08-28T08:45:38Z
This paper investigates the film adaptations of narratives of the Cultural Revolution which have been published beginning in the 1980s. Following the Cultural Revolution, writers began to sharply criticize the many excesses and injustices that occurred during the period, at the same time portraying the dark side of humanity in general. However, in the film adaptations of these narratives, these same criticisms are deflected and become a critique of modernity in general. Moreover, the decade-long cultural blank left by the Cultural Revolution, already partly filled by an inrush of ideas from the West, has given rise to a backlash in the form of a widespread thirst for traditional Chinese culture. Such a bivalent situation, characterized by oscillation between ignoring the past and reflecting on it, raises challenging questions on the nature of culture and how it is transmitted. In this paper I explore the important issues which have a bearing on this phenomenon, especially the way in which these novels have been adapted into films in Taiwan and mainland China during the 1980s and afterwards. I also discuss how this process has been influenced by the language of global consumerism. In order to elucidate this phenomenon, in this paper I focus on the film adaptations of Mo Yan's novels set during the Cultural Revolution.
|Relation: ||東吳中文學報, 24: 191-216|
|Appears in Collections:||[國文學系] 期刊論文|
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