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Author Feuerwerker, Yi-tsi Mei, 1928-

Title Ideology, power, text : self-representation and the peasant "other" in modern Chinese literature / Yi-tsi Mei Feuerwerker.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  895.1350935263 FEUERWE    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-316) and index.
Contents Introduction: A Literature "Out of the Ruins"? -- 1. From Tradition to Modernity: Intellectual and Peasant in Transition -- 2. Language and Textuality: Toward an Analytical Methodology -- 3. Lu Xun and the Crisis of the Writing Self -- 4. Zhao Shuli: The "Making" of a Model Peasant Writer -- 5. Reassessing the Past in the "New Era": Gao Xiaosheng -- 6. The Post-Modern "Search for Roots" in Han Shaogong, Mo Yan, and Wang Anyi -- Epilogue; or, What Next?
Summary The division between the scholar-gentry class and the "people" was an enduring theme of the traditional Chinese agrarian-bureaucratic state. Twentieth-century elites recast this as a division between intellectuals and peasants and made the confrontation between the writing/intellectual self and the peasant "other" a central concern of literature. The author argues that, in the process, they created the "peasantry," the downtrodden rural masses represented as proper objects of political action and shifting ideological agendas. Throughout this transition, language or discourse has been not only a weapon of struggle but the center of controversy and contention. Because of this primacy of language, the author's main approach is the close reading or, rather, re-reading of significant narrative fictions from four literary generations to demonstrate how historical, ideological, and cultural issues are absorbed, articulated, and debated within the text.
Subject Chinese fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Peasants in literature.
ISBN 0804733198 (alk. paper)