The End of the Line

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:
The End of the Line

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This chapter examines Chinese body politics, focusing on the fact that certain writers ended their work by ending their life. It describes the suicide of three poets: Wen Jie during the Cultural Revolution, Shi Mingzheng in the midst of Taiwan's democratic campaign of the late 1980s, and Gu Cheng in exile in New Zealand in the early 1990s. These poets came from very different backgrounds and committed suicide for very different reasons, but their suicides were either anticipated in the authors' writings or written about posthumously by others.

Keywords: body politics; Chinese poets; suicide; Wen Jie; Shi Mingzheng; Gu Cheng

Chapter.  17526 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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