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By Kang Liu

ISBN-10: 0822324482

ISBN-13: 9780822324485

Although chinese language Marxism—primarily represented by means of Maoism—is often visible through Western intellectuals as monolithic, Liu Kang argues that its practices and initiatives are as diversified as these in Western Marxism, quite within the region of aesthetics. during this comparative learn of ecu and chinese language Marxist traditions, Liu finds the level to which chinese language Marxists include principles approximately aesthetics and tradition of their theories and practices. In doing so, he constructs a unconditionally new knowing of chinese language Marxism. faraway from being secondary concerns in chinese language Marxism, aesthetics and tradition are in truth crucial issues. during this appreciate, such Marxists are just like their Western opposite numbers, even supposing Europeans have had little realizing of the chinese language adventure. Liu lines the family tree of aesthetic discourse in either glossy China and the West because the period of classical German proposal, displaying the place conceptual ameliorations and divergences have happened within the traditions. He examines the paintings of Mao Zedong, Lu Xun, Li Zehou, Qu Qiubai, and others in China, and from the West he discusses Kant, Schiller, Schopenhauer, and Marxist theorists together with Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, and Marcuse. whereas stressing the variety of Marxist positions inside China in addition to within the West, Liu explains how rules of tradition and aesthetics have provided a positive imaginative and prescient for a postrevolutionary society and feature affected a large box of concerns regarding the issues of modernity. Forcefully argued and theoretically refined, this booklet will entice scholars and students of latest Marxism, cultural experiences, aesthetics, and glossy chinese language tradition, politics, and beliefs.

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The most important feature of modernity is its contradictoriness. Internal, eminent contradictions define modernity as such, in spite of endless efforts to externalize and transport contradictions across geopolitical boundaries. A prominent example of such an externalization or transportation is colonialism, by which European capitalism turned all the social and economic contradictions of capitalist modernization into worldwide ones. Of course, externalization took place at ideological and, indeed, epistemological levels, too.

19 Just as postmodernism in the West tries to dissolve autonomy and the boundaries between culture and other social spheres, and to place culture at the core of social life, so the Chinese searches for an alternative modernity puts culture at the heart of its project. This may be explained in terms 12 aesthetics and marxism of nonsynchronicity or uneven development, but the concepts themselves must be significantly modified. The conceptual migration and overlap among modernity, an alternative modernity, and postmodernity should be understood as a result of historical multilinearity, and spatial and temporal asymmetry.

To lack is to be in the state of suffering. . Our life is like a pendulum, swinging perpetually between suffering and boredom. Of course boredom can also be viewed as a kind of suffering. We call happiness the state in which the two [suffering and boredom] are relinquished. However, we must strive strenuously for happiness, in addition to the suffering we already experience. Striving is a kind of suffering, too. . Suffering increases rather than decreases as the world culture expands, for the more progressive culture becomes, and broader it expands [human] knowledge, the more [human] desires.

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