Remapping the Past: Fictions of History in Deng’s China, 1979-1997

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    The most prominent literary phenomenon in the 1980s and 1990s in China, historical fiction, has never been systematically surveyed in Anglophone scholarship. This is the first investigation into how, by rewriting the past, writers of Deng Xiaoping’s reform era undermined the grand narrative of official history.
    It showcases fictions of history by eleven native Chinese, Muslim and Tibetan authors. The four chapters are organized in terms of spatial schemes of fictional historiography, namely, regional histories and family romances, discourses on diaspora and myths of minorities, nostalgia for the hometown in the country and the city, as well as the bodily text and the textual body, thus broadly covering the eternal themes of memory, language, food, sex, and violence in historical writing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLeiden
    PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
    Number of pages288
    ISBN (Electronic)9789047442783
    ISBN (Print)9789004167049
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2008

    Publication series

    NameLeiden Series in Comparative Historiography
    ISSN (Print)1574-4493

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • History


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