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By Kang Liu

Although chinese language Marxism—primarily represented by way of Maoism—is mostly noticeable through Western intellectuals as monolithic, Liu Kang argues that its practices and tasks are as various as these in Western Marxism, rather within the sector of aesthetics. during this comparative examine of ecu and chinese language Marxist traditions, Liu unearths the level to which chinese language Marxists comprise rules approximately aesthetics and tradition of their theories and practices. In doing so, he constructs a totally new figuring out of chinese language Marxism.
Far from being secondary issues in chinese language Marxism, aesthetics and tradition are in truth critical matters. during this admire, such Marxists are just like their Western opposite numbers, even supposing Europeans have had little realizing of the chinese language adventure. Liu strains the family tree of aesthetic discourse in either sleek China and the West because the period of classical German notion, exhibiting the place conceptual variations 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 range of Marxist positions inside China in addition to within the West, Liu explains how principles of tradition and aesthetics have provided a confident imaginative and prescient for a postrevolutionary society and feature affected a large box of concerns regarding the issues of modernity.
Forcefully argued and theoretically subtle, this ebook will entice scholars and students of up to date Marxism, cultural experiences, aesthetics, and glossy chinese language tradition, politics, and ideology.

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