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Why fiction matters in contemporary China

Author: David Der-Wei Wang
Publisher: Waltham, Massachusetts Brandeis University Press [2020]
Series: The Mandel lectures in the humanities at Brandeis University
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Contemporary discussions of China tend to focus on politics and economics, giving Chinese culture little if any attention. Why Fiction Matters in Contemporary China offers a corrective, revealing the crucial role that fiction plays in helping contemporary Chinese citizens understand themselves and their nation. Where history fails to address the consequences of man-made and natural atrocities, David Der-wei Wang  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Online-Ausgabe, ebk
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Der-Wei Wang
ISBN: 9781684580279 1684580277 9781684580262 1684580269
OCLC Number: 1249678362
Description: ix, 220 Seiten
Contents: Tell the Good China Story --
The Aliens Are Coming --
Fiction as Transgression --
Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out: Fiction as Transmigration --
The Beam of Darkness: Fiction as Transillumination --
The Monster That Is Fiction.
Series Title: The Mandel lectures in the humanities at Brandeis University
Responsibility: David Der-wei Wang.

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"Contemporary discussions of China tend to focus on politics and economics, giving Chinese culture little if any attention. Why Fiction Matters in Contemporary China offers a corrective, revealing the crucial role that fiction plays in helping contemporary Chinese citizens understand themselves and their nation. Where history fails to address the consequences of man-made and natural atrocities, David Der-wei Wang argues, fiction arises to bear witness to the immemorial and unforeseeable. Beginning by examining President Xi Jinping's call in 2013 to "tell the good China story," Wang illuminates how contemporary Chinese cultural politics have taken a "fictional turn," which can trace its genealogy to early modern times. He does so by addressing a series of discourses by critics within China, including Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, and Shen Congwen, as well as critics from the West such as Arendt, Benjamin, and Deleuze. Wang highlights the variety and vitality of fictional works from China as well as the larger Sinophone world, ranging from science fiction to political allegory, erotic escapade to utopia and dystopia. The result is an insightful account of contemporary China, one that affords countless new insights and avenues for understanding"--.

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"The work of Sinophone writers... significant amounts of it readily available in English, deserves far closer engagement than it currently receives. Wang's study, elegantly written in its own right, Read more...

 
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