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Author Wang, Dewei.

Title The monster that is history : history, violence, and fictional writing in twentieth-century China / David Der-wei Wang.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  895.135093552 WANG    AVAILABLE
 UniM Store  895.135093552 WANG MF30    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 402 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-370) and index.
Contents 1. Invitation to a beheading -- 2. Crime or punishment? -- 3. An undesired revolution -- 4. Three hungry women -- 5. Of scars and national memory -- 6. The monster that is history -- 7. The end of the line -- 8. Second haunting.
Summary In ancient China a monster called Taowu was known for both its vicious nature and its power to see the past and the future. Over the centuries Taowu underwent many incarnations until it became identifiable with history itself. Since the seventeenth century, fictive accounts of history have also accommodated themselves to the monstrous nature of taowu. Moving effortlessly across the entire twentieth-century literary landscape, David Der-wei Wang delineates the many meanings of Chinese violence and its literary manifestations. Taking into account the campaigns of violence and brutality that have rocked generations of Chinese -- often in the name of enlightenment, rationality, and utopian plenitude -- this book places its arguments at the intersection of two related axes: history and representation, modernity and monstrosity.
Subject Chinese fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Chinese fiction -- Taiwan -- History and criticism.
Violence in literature.
ISBN 0520231406 (alk. paper)
0520238737 (paperback: alk. paper)