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Milestones on a Golden Road

Writing for Chinese Socialism, 1945-80

In Milestones on a Golden Road, Richard King presents pivotal works of fiction published under the watchful eye of China's Communist regime between 1945 and 1980. Addressing questions of literary production, King looks at how writers dealt with shifting ideological demands, what indigenous and imported traditions inspired them, and how they were able to depict a utopian Communist future to their readers, even as the present took a very different turn. Early "red classics" were followed by works featuring increasingly lurid images of joyful socialism, and later by fiction exposing the Mao era as an age of irrationality, arbitrary rule, and suffering - a Golden Road that had led to nowhere.

About the Author

Richard King is professor of Chinese studies at the University of Victoria, teaching Chinese literature and film, Asian popular culture, research methods, and Chinese language. He is the editor of Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76.


"Milestones on a Golden Road presents 'red classics' in fiction before, during, and after the Maoist socialist period - a newly emerging field of inquiry. King's scholarship is excellent, and he makes good use of the primary and secondary materials, in English and Chinese. His accessible and lively book will be an important text for scholars and students of modern Chinese literature, history, and culture."—Xiaomei Chen, author of Acting the Right Part: Political Theater and Popular Drama in Contemporary China

"Milestones on a Golden Road could hardly be more timely or welcome. The core subject, the fiction of the early PRC, is important in its own right, but until recently it has been treated inadequately or ignored. King, already recognized as a leading authority of contemporary fiction, has created a robust framework for the consideration of eight major novels from four key periods in modern Chinese history. This significant contribution to modern literary criticism and history will stand as a classic in its field for years to come."—Bonnie S. McDougall, author of Fictional Authors, Imaginary Audiences: Modern Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century

UBC Press

9780774823722 : milestones-on-a-golden-road-king
288 Pages
$99.00 USD

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Art in Turmoil

edited by Richard King, with contributions by Ralph Croizier, Shentian Zheng, Scott Watson
Jun 2010 - UBC Press
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Global Goes Local

edited by Timothy J. Craig, Richard King
Apr 2002 - UBC Press
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Indian Philosophy

Richard King
May 1999 - Georgetown University Press
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