Visualizing Modern China

Visualizing Modern China : Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present

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Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present offers a sophisticated yet accessible interpretation of modern Chinese history through visual imagery. With rich illustrations and a companion website, it is an ideal textbook for college-level courses on modern Chinese history and on modern visual culture. The introduction provides a methodological framework and historical overview, while the chronologically arranged chapters use engaging case studies to explore important themes. Topics include: Qing court ritual, rebellion and war, urban/rural relations, art and architecture, sports, the Chinese diaspora, state politics, film propaganda and censorship, youth in the Cultural Revolution, environmentalism, and Internet culture. Companion website: http://visualizingmodernchina.orgshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 65 black & white halftones
  • 0739190431
  • 9780739190432

Review quote

This exceptional book provides a fresh history of modern China, showing how it was shaped by visual experiences. Leading scholars trace the strong connection between image-making and state power from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The essays examine not only artifacts, from folk art to propagandistic cinema, but also how the gaze has been manipulated to create new perceptions of the nation. The book should be read by all who are interested in the relation between vision and power. -- Yomi Braester, University of Washingtonshow more

About James A. Cook

James A. Cook is associate director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Joshua Goldstein is associate professor of history at University of Southern California. Matthew D. Johnson is assistant professor of East Asian history at Grinnell College. Sigrid Schmalzer is associate professor of history at UMass more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction James Cook, Joshua Goldstein, Matthew Johnson, Sigrid Schmalzer Chapter 2: Envisioning the Spectacles of Emperor Qianlong's Tours of Southern China Michael G. Chang Chapter 3: In the Eyes of the Beholder: Rebellion as Visual Experience Cecily McCaffrey Chapter 4: Yangliuqing New Year's Pictures: The Fortune of a Folk Tradition Madeleine Yue Dong Chapter 5: Monumentality in Nationalist Nanjing: Purple Mountain's Changing Views Charles D. Musgrove Chapter 6: "The Me in the Mirror": Voyeurism and Discipline in Women's Physical Culture, 1921-1937 Andrew D. Morris Chapter 7: Rethinking "China": Overseas Chinese and China's Modernity Jame A. Cook Chapter 8: The Myth about Chinese Leftist Cinema Zhiwei Xiao Chapter 9: Imagining the Refugee: The Emergence of a State Welfare System in the War of Resistance Lu Liu Chapter 10: Revolutionary Real Estate: Envisioning Space in Communist Dalian Christian Hess Chapter 11: Spatial Profiling: Seeing Rural and Urban in Mao's China Jeremy Brown Chapter 12: Cinema and Propaganda during the Great Leap Forward Matthew Johnson Chapter 13: Images, Memories and Lives, of Sent-down Youth in Yunnan Zheng Xiaowei Chapter 14: Wild Pandas, Wild People: Two Views of Wilderness in Deng-Era China Elena Songster, Sigrid Schmalzer Chapter 15: Contextualizing the Visual (and Virtual) Realities of Expo 2010 Susan Fernsebnershow more