From Anticorruption to Officialdom: The Transformation of Chinese Dynasty TV Drama

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This chapter explores the political, economic, and cultural context that has given rise to Chinese serial TV dramas set in distant dynasties, and links recent transformations in their thematic content with popular and intellectual debates concerning the path, steps, and speed of China’s ongoing economic and political reform. The chapter elaborates how the shifts in the themes and foci of these dramas mirror shifts in Chinese elite and popular attitudes and discourses of the past two decades. The focus is on the emergence of what may be called “officialdom dramas” since the early 2000s, which treats systematic corruption as inevitable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas
EditorsCarlos Rojas
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780199983315
ISBN (Print)9780199765607
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameOxford handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press

User-Defined Keywords

  • television dramas
  • Chinese dynasty dramas
  • corruption
  • The Great Ming Dynasty 1566
  • Hai Rui


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