Mo Yan & Banalization

God knows there has been enough written about Mo Yan, but what the hell.

A lot of attention has been focused on Mo Yan’s ties to the Communist Party and whether or not that somehow discredits him. I don’t really find that debate very interesting. A cursory reading of almost any Mo Yan text makes it obvious that he’s not some Party hack dutifully towing the Maoist Line.

What I find more interesting, however, is why the Party would elect to have a writer who graphically depicts Party sponsored violence and rural poverty “in the fold.”

My take is that by giving Mo Yan an official position, the Party effectively muted his critique. Mo Yan’s rank & literary celebrity banalize the political undertones of his work.


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