By Kang Liu

Although chinese language Marxism—primarily represented by means of Maoism—is often visible by way of Western intellectuals as monolithic, Liu Kang argues that its practices and tasks are as varied as these in Western Marxism, fairly within the zone of aesthetics. during this comparative examine of eu 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 realizing of chinese language Marxism. faraway from being secondary concerns in chinese language Marxism, aesthetics and tradition are actually vital matters. during this appreciate, such Marxists are just like their Western opposite numbers, even if Europeans have had little knowing of the chinese language adventure. Liu strains the family tree of aesthetic discourse in either smooth China and the West because the period of classical German inspiration, exhibiting the place conceptual transformations 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 principles of tradition and aesthetics have provided a confident imaginative and prescient for a postrevolutionary society and feature affected a large box of matters concerning the issues of modernity. Forcefully argued and theoretically refined, this ebook will entice scholars and students of up to date Marxism, cultural reports, aesthetics, and sleek chinese language tradition, politics, and beliefs.

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But the role of art was largely misunderstood by modernists, who transmuted art into an organic, self-referential construct. It was valorized as an ontological being, as a pure innovation of the imagination of the individual artist, divorced from social and historical contexts. By so doing, the modernist artifact—or the ‘‘well-wrought urn,’’ to borrow John Keats’s celebrated metaphor—became locked up in an aporia, turning itself into a reified and alienated object in the very moment of its own creation.

It was directed against assumptions about the transparency of language, which can represent truth and reality with no distortion, and those of Western metaphysics invested in mimesis itself, as embodied by the aesthetic modes of classicism, realism, and naturalism. The purported ‘‘crisis of mimesis’’ was, in hindsight, a cultural constituent of the experience of modernity. ’’ But the role of art was largely misunderstood by modernists, who transmuted art into an organic, self-referential construct.

Autonomy or Self-Destruction: The Modernist Aesthetics of Wang Guowei Wang Guowei was no social reformist like Liang Qichao. He was primarily a literary scholar, who dedicated himself to the aesthetic ideal of free individuality, autonomy, and separation. He was deeply immersed in Schopenhauerian, Nietzschean, and Chan (or Zen) Buddhist aesthetics. Wang’s aesthetic ideas can be seen as radically modernist and traditionalist at once. As a person, he remains a controversial figure. A scholar of formida18 aesthetics and marxism ble erudition in philosophy, aesthetics, history, and literary criticism, Wang was perhaps the first to incorporate modern Western concepts into studies of Chinese literature in sophisticated ways.

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