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Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

Jeffrey Kinkley

Abstract

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 Euro-American modernism to project a surprisingly “un-Chinese” dystopian vision and critical view of human culture and ethics. The epic narratives of modern Chinese fiction make rich use ... More

Keywords: suffering, Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Mo Yan, Han Shaogong, Ge Fei, Li Rui, Zhang Wei, Chinese fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231167680
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167680.001.0001

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Jeffrey Kinkley, author

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