Reconfiguring Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Ethics in Chinese Internet Culture

Reconfiguring Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Ethics in Chinese Internet Culture

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New information technologies have, to an unprecedented degree, come to reshape human relations, identities and communities both online and offline. As Internet narratives including online fiction, poetry and films reflect and represent ambivalent politics in China, the Chinese state wishes to enable the formidable soft power of this new medium whilst at the same time handling the ideological uncertainties it inevitably entails. This book investigates the ways in which class, gender, ethnicity and ethics are reconfigured, complicated and enriched by the closely intertwined online and offline realities in China. It combs through a wide range of theories on Internet culture, intellectual history, and literary, film, and cultural studies, and explores a variety of online cultural materials, including digitized spoofing, microblog fictions, micro-films, online fictions, web dramas, photographs, flash mobs, popular literature and films. These materials have played an important role in shaping the contemporary cultural scene, but have so far received little critical attention. Here, the authors demonstrate how Chinese Internet culture has provided a means to intervene in the otherwise monolithic narratives of identity and community. Offering an important contribution to the rapidly growing field of Internet studies, this book will also be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese culture, literary and film studies, media and communication studies, and Chinese more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 422g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white halftones
  • 1138951536
  • 9781138951532

About Haomin Gong

Haomin Gong is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA. Xin Yang is Associate Professor of Chinese at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, more

Table of contents

Introduction: Cyberspace, Heterotopia and Postsocialism in China 1. Digitized Parody: The Politics of Egao in Contemporary China 2. Circulating Smallness: The Dialectics of Micro Narrative 3. Constructing Gendered Desire in Online Fictions and Web Dramas 4. Figuring Ethnicity: Media, Identity, and the Internet 5. Caught in the Web: Ethics of Chinese Cyberspaceshow more