Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9780774823395 Published July 2013 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774823388 Published October 2012 For sale in USA only

Merry Laughter and Angry Curses

The Shanghai Tabloid Press, 1897-1911

Juan Wang,

Merry Laughter and Angry Curses

Juan Wang,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

248 pages
Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9780774823395 Published July 2013 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774823388 Published October 2012 For sale in USA only
Merry Laughter and Angry Curses reveals how the late-Qing-era tabloid press became the voice of the people. As periodical publishing reached a fever pitch, tabloids had free rein to criticize officials, mock the elite, and scandalize readers. Tabloid writers produced a massive amount of anti-establishment literature, whose distinctive humour and satirical style were both potent and popular. This book shows the tabloid community to be both a producer of meanings and a participant in the social and cultural dialogue that would shake the foundations of imperial China and lead to the 1911 Republican Revolution.
Contents

Introduction

1 Community of Fun

2 Officialdom Unmasked

3 Imagining the Nation

4 Confronting the “New”

5 Questioning the Appropriators

6 The Market, Populism, and Aesthetics

Conclusion

Notes

Glossary of Chinese Terms and Names

Bibliography

Index

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