Revolutionary Heroes in Chinese Propaganda Poster

Barnes, A. J. (2024). Revolutionary Heroes in Chinese Propaganda Poster. In: Allison, S. T.; Beggan, J. K. and Goethals, G. R. eds. Encyclopedia of Heroism Studies. Cham: Springer, pp. 1–7.



The concept of the revolutionary hero or martyr was integral to Mao Zedong Thought. The Chinese people were encouraged to learn from and model their behaviour on real-life and fictional heroes. Stories of their lives, deaths, and their deeds in the service of the Chinese people, the Party and Chairman Mao, were disseminated through a range of different forms of cultural production. This article focuses on their representation in propaganda posters; one of the most affordable, accessible and immediately recognisable forms of visual culture produced during the Mao-era (1949-1976).

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