Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

  • Charles A. Laughlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Charles A. Laughlin
      Pages 1-14
  3. Rewriting Literary History

  4. The Quotidian Apocalypse

  5. The Moral Subject under Global Capitalism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-246

About this book


This book is a significant gathering of ideas on the subject of modern Chinese literature and culture of the past several years. The essays represent a wide spectrum of new approaches and new areas of subject matter that are changing the landscape of knowledge of modern and contemporary Chinese culture: women's literature, theatre (performance), film, graphic arts, popular literature, as well as literature of the Chinese diaspora. These phenomena and the approaches to them manifest interconnected trajectories for new scholarship in the field: the rewriting of literary history, the emergence of visual culture, and the quotidian apocalypse - the displacement of revolutionary romanticism and realism as central paradigms for cultural expression by the perspective of private, everyday experience.


Chinese fiction Lu Xun novel realism Romanticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles A. Laughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityUSA

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