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

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Abstract

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
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2008

Publication series

NameLeiden Series in Comparative Historiography
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1574-4493

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