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Li Jie – Maoist Cinema as a Spirit Medium

April 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Speaker: Li Jie, EALC, Harvard University

As a scholar of literary, film, and cultural studies, Jie Li’s research interests center on the mediation of memories in modern China. Her first book, Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life (Columbia, 2014), excavates a century of memories embedded in two alleyway neighborhoods destined for demolition. Her second monograph, Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era (under contract with Duke University Press), explores contemporary cultural memories of the 1950s to the 1970s through textual, audiovisual, and material artifacts, including police files, photographs, documentary films, and museums. Li has co-edited a volume entitled Red Legacies: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (Harvard Asia Center, 2016).  Her next book project studies the exhibition and reception of cinema in socialist China, including movie theatres and open-air screenings, projectionists and audiences, as well as memories of revolutionary and foreign films.  Her other research projects include a transnational film history of Manchuria and a cultural history of radios and loudspeakers.


April 18, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

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