Of Scars and National Memory

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:
Of Scars and National Memory

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This chapter examines the volatile circumstances of the 1950s, when Chinese writers from the two sides of the Taiwan Straits were engaged in reforging the nation's past and future. It reviews the twists and turns of revolutionary poetics up until the 1960s, and suggests that textual confrontations were just as treacherous as political crusades or military campaigns. The chapter describes the rise of a new national myth on either side of China and chronicles the way this national myth was transformed into a nationalized myth.

Keywords: Chinese writers; Taiwan Straits; revolutionary poetics; textual confrontations; political crusades; military campaigns; national myth

Chapter.  16292 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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