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Ah Q archaeology : Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q progeny and the national character discourse in twentieth century China

Author: Paul B Foster
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, ©2006.
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"Although Lu Xun was a leading intellectual and writer in twentieth century China, and his representative character Ah Q, hero of "The True Story of Ah Q," is considered an iconic repository of progressive Chinese thinking about the national character, few works examine the major discourses in his thought and writing relative to broader historical and intellectual currents outside the context of his politicization.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Foster, Paul B., 1960-
Ah Q archaeology.
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2006
(OCoLC)607783314
Named Person: Xun Lu; Xun Lu; Xun Lu
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul B Foster
ISBN: 073911168X 9780739111680
OCLC Number: 61748440
Description: xii, 401 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. General discursive trajectories of Lu Xun, Ah Q and national character in China --
2. The historical context of national character in China : ironic nationalism --
3. Lu Xun's late Qing essays : the foundations of his engagement with the national character discourse --
4. The trajectory of national character in Lu Xun's writings (1918-1936) --
5. Ah Q and the critique of national character : Lu Xun's attack on national essence and Chinese spiritual culture --
6. Lu Xun and the construction of the Ah Q discourse (1922-1949) --
7. The ironic inflation of Chinese national character : Lu Xun's international reputation, Romain Rolland's critique of "The true story of Ah Q" and the Nobel Prize
Other Titles: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q progeny and the national character discourse in twentieth century China
Responsibility: Paul B. Foster.
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Situates Lu Xun's critique of national character vis-a-vis meta narratives of nationalism and modernity through the examination of his works in their historical context. This book uses a discursive  Read more...

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An admirable attempt to weave together at least three strands of scholarship: nationalism, modern Chinese literature, and modern Chinese history. The result is exceedingly rich. H-Net: Humanities and Read more...

 
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