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The Monster That Is History

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/9780520231405.003.0007
The Monster That Is History

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This chapter analyzes the novel A Tale of Modern Monsters by Jiang Gui, a Chinese émigré writer in Taiwan after 1949. It attempts to link this work with two other novels employing the same monstrous symbolism, A Compendium of Monsters and An Idle Commentary on Monsters. The chapter suggests that the authors of these three novels called on the ancient monster taowu, which in one of its many etymological transformations is related to the genre of historical writing.

Keywords: Modern Monsters; Jiang Gui; monstrous symbolism; Compendium of Monsters; Commentary on Monsters; taowu; historical writing

Chapter.  19973 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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