Cultural Tours and the Spiritual Home: On Yu Qiuyu and Contemporary Chinese Cultural Essays

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PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 2007, 4 (1), pp. 1 - 8
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The essay explores the public social dimension of the great cultural essays as a popular post-socialist genre. It looks into the genre s emergence and popularity as part of the making of a middleclass taste in contemporary China and its claim to a re-imagined cultural national inheritance. In particular, the discussion focuses on the example of essayist Yu Qiuyu and examines the implications of his successful transformation of an obsolete historical Culture into a desirable commodity that offers spiritual home to the aspiring and successful of a Greater China .
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