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Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist ChinaThe Return of the Political Novel$
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Jeffrey Kinkley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754859.001.0001

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Introduction: Corruption, Realism, and the Return of the Political Novel

Introduction: Corruption, Realism, and the Return of the Political Novel

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Corruption, Realism, and the Return of the Political Novel
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
Stanford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about corruption and realism in political novels in late socialist China. It analyzes five Chinese works of political fiction, including Lu Tianming's Heaven Above, Chen Fang's Heaven's Wrath, and Wang Yuewen's National Portrait. The chapter discusses each novel's storyline, analyzes its corruption case and its relation to realism, and evaluates its contribution to the discourse on realism. It also argues that the broadening of the idea of corruption is more a matter of linguistic usage and freedom of expression catching up with very old ideas of corruption as a general social decay.

Keywords:   political novels, China, corruption, realism, Heaven Above, Heaven's Wrath, National Portrait, linguistic usage, freedom of expression, social decay

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