Document Title

Body-Writing: Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, and Special Economic Zone Syndrome in Mian Mian's Candy

Department/School

Asian Studies

Abstract

Both Wei Hui's Shanghai Baby and Mian Mian's Candy—the two novels scholar Hongwei Lu analyzes in her two-part series on China's controversial body-writing phenomenon—have been dismissed by Wolfgang Kubin and many other Chinese critics as “trash.” However, in this second installment of her series, Lu argues that Candy, in contrast to Shanghai Baby, offers a far less glossy and far more authentic glimpse of the negative effects that the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll lifestyle associated with the so-called Special Economic Zone syndrome has had on the urban youth of China's boomtowns, and therefore speaks to the devastating cultural ramifications of the rise of transnational capitalism, which has been glorified in other works under the label of “body-writing.”

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Chinese Literature Today

Publication Date

2011

Volume

1

Issue

2

Pages

40-47

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/21514399.2011.11833931

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