Chinese modernisms

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Yi Zheng

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This article presents a short account of modernism in China. It explains that the modern is, and has always been, a political project, and that despite the political impetus to modernism, one must also recognize as independently valuable the aesthetic adventures on which so many writers, artists, and film makers embarked over the 1920s-40s. The article acknowledges that the Chinese modern has had a separate rendition across the years between the Socialist Liberation in 1949 and 1980.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Modernisms
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743924
ISBN (Print)9780199545445
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Artists
  • China
  • Film makers
  • Modernism
  • Political project
  • Socialist Liberation
  • Writers

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