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Introduction

David Der-wei Wang

in The Monster That Is History

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231405
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937246 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231405.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the relation among violence, history, and fictional writing in China during the twentieth century. It describes how modern Chinese writers and readers have learned to read and write in spite of the most capricious censorship, and suggests that the modern Chinese representation of violence can be underwritten as a violence of representation. The chapter also discusses the issues raised by writings about violence and suffering.

Keywords: violence; fictional writing; China; censorship; suffering

Chapter.  5610 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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