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Visions of dystopia in China's new historical novels

Author: Jeffrey C Kinkley
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and many Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Mo Yan, Han Shaogong, Ge Fei, Li Rui, and Zhang Wei skew and scramble common conceptions of China's modern development, deploying avant-garde narrative techniques from Latin American and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey C Kinkley
ISBN: 9780231167680 0231167687
OCLC Number: 908966960
Description: xvi, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Chinese visions of history and dystopia --
Discomforts of temporal anomie --
Projections of historical repetition --
Alienation from the group --
Anarchy : social, moral, and cosmic --
Conclusions : the end of history, dystopia, and "new" historical novels?
Responsibility: Jeffrey C. Kinkley.

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The epic narratives of modern Chinese fiction feature graphic depictions of sex and violence and dark, raunchy comedy, and these novels deeply reflect China's turbulent recent history  Read more...

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