The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China / Edition 1

The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China / Edition 1

by David Der-Wei Wang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520238737

ISBN-13: 9780520238732

Pub. Date: 10/04/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

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 accommodated themselves to the monstrous nature of Taowu. Moving

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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 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 along two related axes: history and representation, modernity and monstrosity. Wang considers modern Chinese history as a complex of geopolitical, ethnic, gendered, and personal articulations of bygone and ongoing events. His discussion ranges from the politics of decapitation to the poetics of suicide, and from the typology of hunger and starvation to the technology of crime and punishment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238732
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Series:
Philip E. Lilienthal Book in Asian Studi
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
409
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

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

Notes
Bibliography
Glossary

Index

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