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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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The Trendsetter: Lu Tianming's Heaven Above

The Trendsetter: Lu Tianming's Heaven Above

(p.22) 2 The Trendsetter: Lu Tianming's Heaven Above
Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China
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This chapter examines Lu Tianming's political novel Heaven Above. It explains the storyline of the novel, which focuses on general corruption cases, and suggests that it was seminal in inspiring subsequent anticorruption fiction. The chapter contends that the novel's contribution to the discourse of corruption is the deployment of narrative elements evidently so useful in engaging popular outrage over corruption as to prefigure a popular genre or formula, discusses its take on realism, and highlights its adaptation into a television show.

Keywords:   Heaven Above, Lu Tianming, political novel, corruption cases, anticorruption fiction, narrative elements, popular outrage, television show

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