“PSYCHOLOGICAL INFILTRATION IN MAOIST LAUGHTER” BY FRANCES AN

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Abstract

Maoist Laughter’s three sections map the insidious ways in which the Communist Party established itself as a believable and all-encompassing reality. This review considers three social-psychological themes from Maoist Laughter that arise in its coverage of the Chinese Communist Party’s ideological pruning strategies: 1) comedic texts normalising communist-dominated environments, including texts composed for young audiences, illiterate and non-Mandarin-speaking samples; 2) comedy as a form of social modelling that marks in- versus out-groups, celebrating those who embody communist ideals and ridiculing those who disrespect collective harmony; and 3) laughter as a social lubricant between diverse groups which are now united under a communist China umbrella.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCha: An Asian Literary Journal
VolumeGeneral book review
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2020

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