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Brushing history against the grain : reading the Chinese new historical fiction (1986-1999)

Author: Qingxin Lin, Ph.D.
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2005.
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"This is the first book-length study of the Chinese new historical fiction (NHF), whose rise marks the birth of a new historical discourse that interrogates the telos and the timetable of the current discourse of 'Chinese modernity' as well as the earlier 'revolutionary history'. In an attempt to foreground the significance and the generic renovations of this new discourse, the author contends that the NHF has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lin, Qingxin, Ph. D.
Brushing history against the grain.
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607567747
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Qingxin Lin, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9622096972 9789622096974
OCLC Number: 57532423
Language Note: English with some Chinese.
Description: vi, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. The subordination of yanyi ; Canonizing revolution ; The new historical fiction --
Towards a delineation. Alternative histories ; Historiographic metafictions --
The tyranny of time. The birth of a temporal logic ; The Enlightenment legacy in retrospection ; Modernity and its discontents --
The proliferation of hetertopias. Mapping the geographies of the NHF ; The spatialization of time --
Writing decadence as allegory. Chinese decadence revisited ; Allegorizing historical decadence ; A rhetoric of sickness --
Constructing a "clean spirit". Writing in the Musilm way ; Aestheicizing pessimism and heterodoxy ; Journey to conversion --
Writing the peripheral into dictionary. The spatial form ; Fragments ; Rewriting history ; The power of words ; Dilemma --
History, fiction, and metafiction. Sexing Chinese history ; Living in totalitarian terror ; Intertextuality, memory and amnesia --
Conclusion : straddling traditionality and postmodernity.
Responsibility: Lin Qingxin.

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This is a study of Chinese new historical fiction (NHF), whose rise marks the birth of a new historical discourse. Covering a wide range of contemporary Chinese writers including Mo Yan, Su Tong,  Read more...

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