Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reading List

During a small break from work I collated a fat stack of papers from The China Quarterly to read and save my brain, and hammered down a must read list for myself over the next few weeks. No, months. Book club, NEbody?
  • China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society. Daniel A. Bell. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008. 
  • From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China. Wendy Larson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009
  •  Wandering Spirits: Chen Shuiyan's Encyclopedia of Dreams. Translated and with an introduction by Richard E. Strassberg. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2008
  • A Cultural History of Modern Science in China. Benjamin A. Elman. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2006
  •  Back Alley Banking. Kellee Tsai. . Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2002
  • China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy Minxin Pei. Harvard University Press, 2008 
  • Sentimental Fabrications. Rey Chow. 
  • Neither Gods Nor Emperors:  Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China. Craig Calhoun. U of C Press. -> Craig Calhoun btw is an unstoppable BALLER. Big ups. 
 Two useful resources at Five Books, a critical cheat sheet to everything interesting:
Question: Why is Fredric Jameson the go to PoCo theorist in China?

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