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Here's a convincing mirrored image that alterations our realizing of gender in Maoist tradition, esp. for what critics from the Nineties onwards have termed its 'erasure' of gender and sexuality. specifically the powerful heroines of the yangbanxi, or 'model works' which ruled the Cultural Revolution interval, were visible as genderless revolutionaries whose pictures have been destructive to ladies. Drawing on modern theories starting from literary and cultural reports to sociology, this ebook demanding situations that demonstrated view via specified semiotic research of theatrical platforms of the yangbanxi together with gown, props, kinesics, and numerous audio and linguistic structures. Acknowledging the complicated interaction of conventional, smooth, chinese language and international gender ideologies as occur within the 'model works', it essentially adjustments our insights into gender in Maoist tradition.

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P. V. Jones’ discussion in his ‘Introduction’ in G. M. Wright and P. V. Jones, Homer: German Scholarship in Translation, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), 1–41, at 5–10. 38 This is in line with research into repetition (see below), which has begun to examine cognitive and interactional motivation for repetition, whether same-speaker repetition, as here, or second-speaker repetition. 39 See D. Tannen, ‘Repetition in Conversation: Towards a Poetics of Talk’, Language, 63 (1987), 574–605, at 581. Tannen describes neurolinguistic research which supports the notion that automatic language production is in all ways more Speech Acts in Homer 43 economical response.

43 As we have observed, repetition serves a number of communicative functions which relate to interpersonal involvement: its functions are in the main pragmatic. But, as Tannen observes, in today’s world, which holds the written word and literature in high esteem, we are inclined to think of repetition Wrst as a literary trope. 44 When scholars such as Lohmann identify so-called ring-composition in Homer’s speeches, they are reading the natural strategies of everyday rhetoric as formal devices for ‘literary’ ends.

4 (‘The Theme’); and, for sustained discussion of thematic structures, see B. Fenik, Typical Battle Scenes in the Iliad: Studies in the Narrative Techniques of Homeric Battle Description (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1968); S. Reece, The Stranger’s Welcome: Oral Theory and the Aesthetics of the Homeric Hospitality Scene (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993), ch. 1. In all the above works it is assumed that the typical scenes which have been identiWed by scholars are phenomena of oral epic song.

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