De-revolutionizing the “red classics”: a case study of Tracks in the Snowy Forest in fiction, model opera, television and film




Wang, Liying

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“Red classics” generally refer to a collection of Chinese literary works produced from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Many of them were remade to film, opera, and television series in different periods. One of the “red classics” was the semi-autobiographical military romance Tracks in the Snowy Forest by Qu Bo. This novel and its many adaptations have been popular for more than half a century. This thesis takes Tracks in the Snowy Forest as a case study to explore how socialist “red classic” works have been “de-revolutionized,” reinvented for a new age and a new audience as products for popular consumption in post-Mao China, as compared to the sterner revolutionary works of the Mao era.



Tracks in the Snowy Forest, linhai xueyuan, Qu Bo, model opera, Mao era, red classics, de-revolution