Shuang Shen G'17

Shuang  Shen
Associate Professor
Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
Pennsylvania State University

Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants 2017
Associate Professor
Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
Pennsylvania State University
Reading for Pleasure: Chinese Popular Literature and the Cold War
State College, PA

Reading and discussing Chinese-language popular literature published and circulated in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese communities in Southeast Asia in the 1950s and 1960s, we explore the mass appeal of these texts in different Chinese societies and the complex processes by which popular literature disseminated political and ideological messages, cultivated desire for and mediated connections with the other side of the Cold War binary. We will also investigate different conceptualizations of the “popular” across the Cold War divide and study the circulation routes and industrial structures of popular literary production.