Chapter

A Trip Down Memory Lane:

Gong Qian

in TV Drama in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099401
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099401.003.0012
A Trip Down Memory Lane:

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This chapter examines how nostalgia for the revolutionary past provides ideas for the contemporary TV drama market. The term “Red Classics” (hong se jing dian) has appeared with regularity in Chinese media. These classics were created in the modern era, a conscious endeavor by the Chinese State to promote a revolutionary culture which would mold the socialist subject. The chapter begins by briefly setting the cultural backdrop against which the interest in the Red Classics was rekindled. It then identifies television's main narrative strategies to capture audiences and also considers the role of the state in regulating the production, and influencing the reception of, the genre.

Keywords: TV drama; Red Classics; classics; Chinese media; revolutionary culture

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Television

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