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Nowhere In The World Does There Exist Love Or Hatred Without Reason

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Human society is divided into antagonistic classes and love is strictly circumscribed by class division. Class identity is the ultimate fount of all emotions; it leaves one with no choice but to love fellow class members and hate those in the antagonist classes. This chapter attempts to tackle questions first by revisiting Mao's Yan'an talks and Wang Shiwei's prickly essay "Wild Lilies" (1942), and then by illustrating how literature and film exemplify and then revolt against the Maoist theory of emotion through the examples of Hao Ran's socialist realist story "Firm and Impartial" (1971) and two very different films by the veteran director Xie Jin, The Red Detachment of Women (1960) and Hibiscus Town (1986). The purpose of the chapter is to understand the ideological impetus and aesthetic ramifications of socialism as a hegemonic project and its critique in the postsocialist, neoliberal era.

Keywords: antagonistic; Human society; love; Mao; Maoist theory



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