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September 09, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Richard Kraus

China’s Cultural Revolution Arts: A Posthumous Life

September 21, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The arts of the Cultural Revolution, such as the ballet The Red Detachment of Women, were created in the heat of the moment, to spread revolutionary passion, or at least to shore up the political positions of radicals in the Cultural Revolution. There was little idea of creating eternal classics. Since the end of the Maoist era, these works have enjoyed an odd afterlife, neither as art nor as agitprop, but as icons, deployed anew in very different political and cultural contexts. These Cultural Revolution icons appear to link us to China's tumultuous 1966-1976 decade, yet their irony and cynicism may impede coming to terms with the movement's complex heritage, both in China and abroad.

Richard Kraus is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Oregon. A specialist on China's cultural politics, he has written on the Cultural Revolution, the political history of the piano, the changing social role of calligraphy, the impact of economic reform on artists, and the international politics of China's arts.

Posted by zzhu at September 9, 2010 08:31 PM