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Three Hungry Women

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/9780520231405.003.0005
Three Hungry Women

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This chapter examines the politics of revolution and desire in the context of gender, materiality, and the gendered representation of national identity in China. It considers the works of Lu Ling, Eileen Chang, and Chen Yingzhen, and discusses their observations about how hunger affects a woman's fate and how writing about hunger entails a tension between the digestive and diegetic imagination. The chapter suggests that the hungry woman was emblematic of a nation in material and spiritual impoverishment, and that she took on a political profile when incorporated in the leftist discourse of the hunger revolution in the late 1930s.

Keywords: revolution; desire; gender; materiality; national identity; China; Lu Ling; Eileen Chang; Chen Yingzhen; hunger

Chapter.  14377 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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