Notes toward a nomad subjectivity: The poetics of Gu Cheng (1956-1993)

Patton S. (1999) Notes toward a nomad subjectivity: The poetics of Gu Cheng (1956-1993). Social Semiotics, 9 1: 49-66. doi:10.1080/10350339909360421

Author Patton S.
Title Notes toward a nomad subjectivity: The poetics of Gu Cheng (1956-1993)
Journal name Social Semiotics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-0330
Publication date 1999-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10350339909360421
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 66
Total pages 18
Language eng
Subject 3310 Linguistics and Language
3315 Communication
3316 Cultural Studies
1203 Design Practice and Management
Abstract In this paper, Deleuze and Guattari's notions of desiring-production and nomad subjectivity are applied to the work of the contemporary People's Republic of China poet Gu Cheng, a writer who attempted to formulate an 'aimless' self engaged in endless becoming. In addition, the concept of 'Mao style' proposed by Li Tuo is discussed with regard to Mao Zedong's Talks at the Yan'an Conference on Art Literature in order to demonstrate the repressive nature of the dominant discourse in China after 1949, and to show that its essential purpose was to trap individual desiring-production within the restricted scope sanctioned by the Chinese Communist Party. The features of Gu Cheng's evolving model of subjectivity are discussed and evaluated in terms of their resistance to the effects of Mao style. Finally, there is a brief discussion of the reasons for Gu Cheng's failure to arrive at a positive conception of nomad subjectivity.
Q-Index Code C1
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