Reconfiguring Red: Class discourses in the new millennium TV adaptation of The Red Detachment of Women

Roberts, Rosemary (2015) Reconfiguring Red: Class discourses in the new millennium TV adaptation of The Red Detachment of Women. China Perspectives, 2015 2: 25-31.

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Author Roberts, Rosemary
Title Reconfiguring Red: Class discourses in the new millennium TV adaptation of The Red Detachment of Women
Journal name China Perspectives
ISSN 1996-4617
Publication date 2015-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2015
Issue 2
Start page 25
End page 31
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publisher Centre d'Etudes Francais sur la Chine Contemporaine
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper uses a case study of the 2006 TV series remake of the Maoist classic The Red Detachment of Women to examine the way the reproduction of the Red Classics in the reform era has functioned to maintain Party foundation myths that validate and morally legitimise its continued rule while accommodating a major shift in class politics in Chinese society. By tracing the change in the identity of the central hero, Hong Changqing, from working class child labourer and son of an ordinary seaman to a middle class, wealthy, overseas Chinese with family origins in the local gentry, the paper argues that the TV series functions to consolidate the symbiotic relationship between the Party and China’s new middle class, while promoting a consumer lifestyle and consigning the working class to the margins of social and political power.
Keyword Red Classics
Red detachment of women
China class discourse
China class politics
China working class
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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