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Staging Corruption
Chinese Television and Politics
Ruoyun Bai  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 9/19/2014
ISBN: 9780774826310    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 2/15/2015
ISBN: 9780774826327    

292 Pages


About the Book

Longlisted, 2015 ICAS Book Prize, International Convention of Asia Scholars

In late 1995, the drama Heaven Above (Cangtian zaishang) debuted on Chinese TV. Featuring a villainous high-ranking government official, it was the first in a series of wildly popular corruption dramas that riveted the nation. Staging Corruption looks at the rise, fall, and reincarnation of corruption dramas and the ways in which they express the collective dreams and nightmares of China in the market-reform era. It also considers how these dramas -- as products of the interplay between television stations, production companies, media regulation, and political censorship -- unveil complicated relationships between power, media, and society. This book is essential reading for those following China's ongoing struggles with the highly volatile socio-political issue of corruption.

About the Author(s)

Ruoyun Bai is an assistant professor of media studies and comparative literature at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents


1 Chinese Television Dramas: An Overview

2 Corruption Dramas as a Mediated Space: CCTV, Intellectuals, and the Market

3 Censorship, Governance Crisis, and Moral Regulation

4 Anti-Corruption Melodrama and Competing Discourses

5 Cynicism as a Dominant Way of Seeing

6 Speaking of the "Desirable" Corrupt Official: A Case Study


Appendix: Selected Corruption Drama Titles; Notes; Bibliography; Index


Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Asian Studies
Media Studies
Communications Studies
Political Science

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