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The True, The Good and The Beautiful – Chinese State Policies Towards Literature under Xi Jinping

January 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Guest Session with Dr. Michel Hockx from the University of Notre Dame on “The True, The Good and The Beautiful – Chinese State Policies Towards Literature under Xi Jinping”.

Venue: LR 205 (Old Academic Block)
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
About the Topic:
Since the rise to power of Xi Jinping in 2012, it has been widely reported that public expression in China has become more restricted. This is readily apparent in the area of political expression, as well as in ongoing attempts to curb academic freedom. In the realm of literature and the arts, the situation is less clear. Most observers point towards Xi Jinping’s meeting with representatives of literature and art circles in October 2014 as an indication that Chinese state policies towards literature are shifting back towards more authoritarian control. Some have even suggested that Xi’s speech at the 2014 forum (which was published in book form in 2015) constitutes a return to the policies of the Cultural Revolution.

This paper will test these assumptions by surveying the moralistic aesthetic standards that are ubiquitous in discourse used by Xi and his speech writers in public policy statements about literature and the arts. Special emphasis will be placed on Xi’s use of the famous triad “TrueGood, and Beautiful” (zhen shan mei 真善美) in his attempt to construct a new value system for literature and art.  I will argue that this value system remains closely linked to state policies of the reform era, rather than harking back to the Cultural Revolution. I will also show how these policies have affected literary production, especially online literary production, since 2012.

About the Speaker:

Michel Hockx is Professor of Chinese literature and director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on modern Chinese literary communities, their practices and their values, their printed and digital publications, and their relationship to the state. His monograph Internet Literature in China (Columbia UP, 2015) was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.”


January 9, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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