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16 Nov
Rose Valley: Love, Violence, and Communist Distopia in Maoist China
Event Type

Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Topic

Arts & Culture

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students

University Unit
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Rose Valley: Love, Violence, and Communist Distopia in Maoist China

It is commonly recognized that the incessant
political campaigns in Maoist China resulted in disastrous consequences throughout the nation, but the regional differences and specificities in practice have yet to be explored. Rose Valley is an epic narrative that depicts the tumultuous transformation of a small village in Sichuan province from 1950 to 1967. It offers a realistic account of the rural landscape in Southwestern China, which is unique in modern Chinese literature and merits special attention for social history. Revolved around the love story between an enthusiastic party cadre and a widow from a landowner family, the novel vividly relates how the
Maoist utopian dream is shattered after waves of political campaigns such as the land reform, anti-rightist movement, Mutual-Aid Teams, Cooperativization, Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution, hit the village and the protagonists.


In this talk, the novel’s author, Baoyu Xie, will share
his experience of writing this novel and reflect on the
profound influence of Maoist agricultural policy on local cadres, landowners, students, and ordinary peasants.

Friday, November 16 at 12:00 p.m.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 4130
230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Rose Valley: Love, Violence, and Communist Distopia in Maoist China

It is commonly recognized that the incessant
political campaigns in Maoist China resulted in disastrous consequences throughout the nation, but the regional differences and specificities in practice have yet to be explored. Rose Valley is an epic narrative that depicts the tumultuous transformation of a small village in Sichuan province from 1950 to 1967. It offers a realistic account of the rural landscape in Southwestern China, which is unique in modern Chinese literature and merits special attention for social history. Revolved around the love story between an enthusiastic party cadre and a widow from a landowner family, the novel vividly relates how the
Maoist utopian dream is shattered after waves of political campaigns such as the land reform, anti-rightist movement, Mutual-Aid Teams, Cooperativization, Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution, hit the village and the protagonists.


In this talk, the novel’s author, Baoyu Xie, will share
his experience of writing this novel and reflect on the
profound influence of Maoist agricultural policy on local cadres, landowners, students, and ordinary peasants.

Friday, November 16 at 12:00 p.m.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 4130
230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students

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