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HRA 14 Chinese Comics

Chinese Comics

Coordination: Matthias Arnold, Barbara Mittler


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The focus of our current digitization process is on comics from the second half of the Cultural Revolution and immediately thereafter, the heyday of comic production in the xiaorenshu format which, throughout the 1980s, stayed largely resistant to alternative international models and assimilates very little from the internationalized comic worlds surrounding it.
By providing metadata not just on the contents and artists, but also on the artistic styles of these comics, our database has the purpose of making available Chinese comics as one important genre of Chinese popular culture which needs to be better understood both in terms of its artistic practices and its audience reception as a paradigmatic example for the making of Chinese popular culture which in spite or because of being propaganda art is both manufactured from above and appreciated from below.

Project Status

Current, with external funding.

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