[Marxism] (fwd) Maoist responses to postmodernism

Paul H. Dillon illonph at pacbell.net
Tue Aug 24 12:17:34 MDT 2004


I tried to open the links you posted but they dead ended.

Could you send me them again?


Paul H. Dillon

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Subject: [Marxism] (fwd) Maoist responses to postmodernism

> [converted from html, reformatted slightly to make URLs clickable and
> readable]
> Steve Llano wrote:
> I have become curious if there is a literature base of any kind of
> Maoist thinkers responding to postmodern theory.  I can see the
> possibilities of responses from Mao's writing but haven't found many
> secondary sources out there.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
> Steve,
> There are a number of Chinese intellectuals who are generally grouped
> into the category of "China's New Left", but who I think could rightly
> be qualified as Maoists or at least defenders of Mao's legacy, and who
> are engaging with various tendencies in cultural theory such as
> postmodernism and poststructuralism. Unfortunately, very little of this
> literature has been translated into English. One good example would be
> the work of Han Yuhai, professor of literature at Beijing University. I
> translated an essay of his called "Speech without Words", which might be
> published in Positions in a few months ... part of it is here:
>    http://students.washington.edu/husunzi/translations.html#section2
> contact me if you want to see the rest, and I'm in the middle of
> translating "Opening Art and Politics: The Discursive Practice of Mao
> Zedong" ... part of it is here:
>    http://students.washington.edu/husunzi/translations.html#section3
> for the China Study Group:
>    http://www.chinastudygroup.org/
> a good place to look around for other stuff of a similar nature
> (actually most of the material published there is very straight forward
> social science rather than "cultural studies"). The front page, for
> instance, has a section called "Four Migrants' Stories" written by Yan
> Hairong, Chinese woman trained in anthropology in the US who does a
> better job than anyone I know of engaging with recent trends in cultural
> theory from a more or less Maoist perspective (in person she's very
> defensive of Mao, although this may not come out explicitly in her
> writing, which mainly deals with understanding the situation of
> contemporary migrant laborers); see her article "Neoliberal
> Governmentality and Neohumanism" here:
> http://www.chinastudygroup.org/blog/husunzi/archives/000184.html
> Another Chinese expat to look into is Mobo Gao
> author of what I consider the best ethnographic history of a Chinese
> village from before the revolution until after the after the
> counter-revolution, _Gao Village_
> he has also defended the legacy of Mao and the Cultural Revolution
> effectively in several articles, such as "Manufacturing Truth and
> Culture of the Elite"
> http://www.chinastudygroup.org/blog/husunzi/archives/000077.html
> And finally, Han Dongping is also an enthusiastic defender of Maoist
> policies such as the development of rural education during the Cultural
> Revolution; see three of his articles here:
> and his book:
> Hope this helps,
> Matt
> http://students.washington.edu/husunzi/cover.html
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