This chapter focuses on the transformation of politically charged dynasty dramas from anti-corruption to officialdom, which registers the shifting popular cultural ethos from righteous indignation to resignation that takes corruption as inevitable and part and parcel of a modern bureaucracy. It explains the absence of China’s officialdom drama in its current incarnation amid the new round of anti-graft campaigns under China’s new leader, Xi Jingping. In a new twist, several former or current officials tried their hand at writing novels that injected their own experiences into the world of officialdom and the circles of power, a number of which have gone on to become best sellers. Officialdom novels deal precisely with the culture and structure of Chinese officialdom, from the trivialities of government affairs to the heart-wrenching struggles of the protagonists in their compulsive abuses of power.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781315180243, 9781351718769, 9781351718745, 9781351718752|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Mar 2020|