Madmen and Other Survivors: Reading Lu Xun's Fiction puts
the short stories written by this outstanding Chinese writer
between 1918 and 1926 into a broad context of Modernism.
The fiction of Lu Xun (1881-1936) deals with the China moving beyond the
1911 Revolution. He asks about the possibilities of survival, and
what that means, even considering the possibility that madness
might be a strategy by which that is 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.
The 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. To make his work widely
accessible, he is treated here in English translation.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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