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Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel

Jeffrey Kinkley


As China's centrally planned economy and welfare state have given way to a more loosely controlled version of “late socialism,” public concern about economic reform's downside has found expression in epic novels about official corruption and its effects. While the media shied away from dealing with these issues, novelists stepped in to fill the void. “Anti-corruption fiction” exploded onto the marketplace and into public consciousness, spawning popular films and television series until a clampdown after 2002 that ended China's first substantial realist fiction since the 1989 Beijing massacre. ... More

Keywords: China, centrally planned economy, welfare state, late socialism, economic reform, epic novels, official corruption, anti-corruption fiction, realist fiction, Beijing massacre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804754859
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804754859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Kinkley, author