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 Xiaopinga (TM)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.
 

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Very interesting discussion in the intro of the relationship between of strong Chinese state, the official "grand narrative" and historical fiction.

Contents

A Cartography of History
1
From Root Search to New Historicism
17
Myths of Migrants and Minorities
65
Nostalgia for the Hometown
133
The Violence of History
185
Toward a Retrofiction
229
Appendix What Is Held and in Whose Hand? An Etymological Reexamination of shi
237
Bibliography
249
Index
271
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Howard Y. F. Choy is assistant professor at Wittenberg University.

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