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Title: 文化权力的分散与争夺: “新概念”写作、文学评奖与当代中国文学生产 = Decentralization and Competition of Cultural Power: "New Concept" Writings, Literary Awards and Literary Production in Contemporary China
Authors: 徐培木
XU PEIMU
Keywords: Literary Field, Cultural Power, Symbolic Capital, Literary Award, Literary Journal, Professional Intellectuals
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2010
Source: 徐培木,XU PEIMU (2010-01-21). 文化权力的分散与争夺: “新概念”写作、文学评奖与当代中国文学生产 = Decentralization and Competition of Cultural Power: "New Concept" Writings, Literary Awards and Literary Production in Contemporary China. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study focuses on a series of literary activities performed by the ?New Concept? writers during the last decade in China. This group of writers entered the literary market through a literary award called the ?New Concept? Writing Competition, which was organized by Meng ya magazine and the professional intellectuals. Literary journal and literary awards functioned as institutional forces to maintain the Chinese official literary system in the 1980s and the 1990s. I argue that such institutional functions were removed from Meng ya and the ?New Concept? Writing Competition, when the winners of the award turned to be best seller writers, rather than subordinates to the system which produced them. The winners reinforced their symbolic capital and economic capital from the book market and popular culture, when the professional intellectuals hesitated to recognize their positions in the Chinese literary field. The development of the ?New Concept? writers shows the patterns of competition for cultural power in Chinese literature during the last decade. Cultural power was at least partly decentralized from the professional intellectuals, and it was reallocated to the public according to market rules. Nevertheless, I am not taking the relationship between best sellers and the professional intellectuals as a binary opposition. My conclusion is that competition also brings possibilities of cooperation and diversity. It leads the current Chinese literary field into a more balanced state, which is operated by both market rules and aesthetic rules.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/19025
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