Document Title

Body-Writing: Shanghai Baby's Love Affair with Transnational Capitalism

Department/School

Asian Studies

Abstract

Is the new body-writing trend really just all about sex and drugs? Critics often dismiss works in this genre for their apparent capitalization on the new Chinese market for sexual consumerism. In this first installment of a two-part series on body-writing, scholar Hongwei Lu takes a look at what is really going on in Shanghai Baby, one of the earliest and most popular examples of body-writing. Lu finds that the new capitalist market is indeed a driving force behind the body-writing phenomenon, but in more subtle and complex ways than critics have previously acknowledged.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Chinese Literature Today

Publication Date

2010

Volume

1

Issue

1

Pages

41-46

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/21514399.2010.11833910

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