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Crafting Chinese Memories: The Art and Materiality of Storytelling

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Crafting Chinese Memories

The Art and Materiality of Storytelling

Edited by Katherine Swancutt

Foreword by Jialin Liu and Raphael Woolf

240 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-237-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-238-4 eBook

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“An ambitious, original interdisciplinary project of memory studies that brings together contributions from several academic disciplines – art, film, literature, history, and anthropology. Its highly interesting case studies investigate how memories about/in modern and contemporary China are made through various forms of storytelling and embedded in their materiality.” • Rui Kunze, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Through an interdisciplinary conversation with contributors from social anthropology, religious studies, film studies, literary studies, cultural studies, and history, Crafting Chinese Memories is a novel book which addresses how works of art shape memories, and offers new ways of conceptualising storytelling, memory-making, art, and materiality. It explores the memories of artists, filmmakers, novelists, storytellers, and persons who come to terms with their own histories even as they reveal the social memories of watershed events in modern China.

Katherine Swancutt is Reader in Social Anthropology and Director of the Religious and Ethnic Diversity in China and Asia Research Unit at King's College London. She is Project Lead of the ERC synergy grant (2020-2026) 'Cosmological Visionaries' and has conducted research across Inner Asia on shamanic and animistic religion for upwards of two decades. Key publications include: Animism Beyond the Soul: Ontology, Reflexivity, and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge (Berghahn, 2018) and Fortune and the Cursed: The Sliding Scale of Time in Mongolian Divination (Berghahn, 2012).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Memory StudiesCultural Studies (General)
Area: Asia


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