Reading Questions for Session 6

Please be prepared to discuss these questions in class.

  1. What did Mao think that the function of literature and art should be?
  2. Whom did he think art and literature should serve?
  3. What do Mao's ideas about the relationship of art and action have in common with Nie Er's?
  4. How did Mao define "the masses"?
  5. What did he think specialists in music should do to further revolutionary aims?
  6. What kinds of music-making were forbidden during the Cultural Revolution? Why?
  7. What were the eight "model works"?