Panel: State-Sponsored Literature in Modern China

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Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting 2010
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The notion of "state-sponsored literatures" carries with it the inevitable suggestion that political control limits creativity and hence lowers literary quality. Without denying that this has been often the case, a panel at AAS 2010 is being organized to explore the limits of this thesis in modern China. Papers are expected to focus on how state-literati relations from the late Qing through the present have resulted in both conformity and innovation, through re-imaginings of the proper relationship between literature and society. Those interested in presenting a paper should contact Daniel Fried,