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Madmen and Other Survivors

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098244
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098244.001.0001
Madmen and Other Survivors

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The fiction of Lu Xun (1881–1936) deals with China moving beyond the 1911 Revolution. He asks about the possibility of survival, and what that means, even considering the possibility that madness might be a strategy by which survival is made possible. Such an idea calls identity into question, and Lu Xun is read here as a writer for whom that is a wholly problematic concept. This book makes use of critical and cultural theory to consider these short stories in the context of not only Chinese fiction, but in terms of the art of the short story, and in relation to literary modernism. It attempts to put Lu Xun into as wide a perspective as possible for contemporary reading.

Keywords: Lu Xun; China; 1911 Revolution; survival; madness; identity; Chinese fiction

Book.  136 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Lu Xun: The True Story in Madmen and Other Survivors

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