Ah Q and Other Survivors

Jeremy Tambling

in 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:
Ah Q and Other Survivors

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The True Story of Ah Q, unlike the other short stories in A Call to Arms, was written for serial publication. Its nine chapters appeared under another pen name, Ba Ren, in the literary supplement to the Beijing Morning Post. The title Dragonboat Festival refers to the “double fifth”—the fifth day of the fifth month when debts are, traditionally, repaid. The main character in this short story, Fang Xuanchuo, reflects Lu Xun. The White Light is devoted to a person whose dreams of becoming a successful civil servant go through his head only to be dashed each time he fails the exam. The last three stories in A Call to Arms (Some Rabbits and a Cat, Comedy of Ducks, Village Opera show something of a retreat from human engagements to engagements with animals, and a concentration on the figure of the mother.

Keywords: Ah Q; Dragonboat Festival; White Light; Some Rabbits; Comedy of Ducks; Village Opera; Lu Xun; Ba Ren

Chapter.  9851 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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