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Brushing History Against The Grain: Reading the Chinese New Historical Fiction (1986-1999) [Hardcover]

By Qingxin Lin (Author)
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This is the first book-length study of the Chinese new historical fiction (NHF), whose rise marks the birth of a new historical discourse that interrogates the telos and the timetable of the current discourse of Chinese modernity as well as the earlier revolutionary history. In an attempt to foreground the significance and the generic renovations of this new discourse, the author contends that the NHF has emerged as an independent rival discourse which competes with the official historiography for the right to writing the Chinese history.

In this book, the significance of the NHF is examined in connection with the evolutionary line of the historical fiction, from its supplementary status to an independent literary sub-genre following its own artistic principles, and, further, to a species that traverses and intertwines with other genres to the effect that it dismantles the legitimacy of historiography by means of taking the very genre of the historical fiction itself to task.

Covering a wide range of contemporary Chinese writers including Mo Yan, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Chen Zhongshi, Ge Fei, Zhang Wei, Li Rui, and Yu Hua, this volume is for all those who are interested in late twentieth-century Chinese literature, intellectual and cultural history, comparative literature, and cultural studies.

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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Pages   255
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2005
Publisher   Hong Kong University Press
ISBN  9622096972  
ISBN13  9789622096974  

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