Bob Hodge, Kam Louie, Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons



Bob Hodge, Kam Louie, Politics of Chinese Language and Culture: The Art of Reading Dragons
An innovative text which adopts the tools of cultural studies to provide a fresh approach to the study of Chinese language, culture and society. The book tackles areas such as grammar, language, gender, popular culture, film and the Chinese diaspora and employs the concepts of social semiotics to extend the ideas of language and reading. Covering a range of cultural texts, it will help to break down the boundaries around the ideas and identities of East and West and provide a more relevant analysis of the Chinese and China.
Review - This brilliant, thought-provoking volume deconstructs sinological perspectives on Chinese language and culture and makes one's understanding of Chineseness more expansive, less Eurocentric. Hodge and Louie's book is a must read for those interested in today's China.
–Choice, 3/99
About the Author - Bob Hodge is Foundations Professor in Humanities at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. He is author of Language as Ideology (1993) and Darkside of the Dream among other works.
Kam Louie is Professor of Chinese Studies and Head of the Department of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Queensland. He is author of Inheriting Tradition: Interpretations of the Classical Philosophy in Communist China.

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