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The Resource Literary remains : death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn, Eileen J. Cheng

Literary remains : death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn, Eileen J. Cheng

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Literary remains : death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn
Title
Literary remains
Title remainder
death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn
Statement of responsibility
Eileen J. Cheng
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lu Xun (1881-1936), arguably twentieth-century China's greatest writer, is commonly cast in the mold of a radical iconoclast who vehemently rejected traditional culture. The contradictions and ambivalence so central to his writings, however, are often overlooked. Challenging conventional depictions, Eileen J. Cheng's innovative readings capture Lu Xun's disenchantment with modernity and his transformative engagements with traditional literary conventions in his "modern" experimental works. Lurking behind the ambiguity at the heart of his writings are larger questions on the effects of cultural exchange, accommodation, and transformation that Lu Xun grappled with as a writer: How can a culture estranged from its vanishing traditions come to terms with its past? How can a culture, severed from its roots and alienated from the foreign conventions it appropriates, conceptualize its own present and future?Literary Remains shows how Lu Xun's own literary encounter with the modern involved a sustained engagement with the past. His creative writings--which imitate, adapt, and parody traditional literary conventions--represent and mirror the trauma of cultural disintegration, in content and in form. His contradictory, uncertain, and at times bizarrely incoherent narratives refuse to conform to conventional modes of meaning making or teleological notions of history, opening up imaginative possibilities for comprehending the past and present without necessarily reifying them. Behind Lu Xun's "refusal to mourn," that is, his insistence on keeping the past and the dead alive in writing, lies an ethical claim: to recover the redemptive meaning of loss. Like a solitary wanderer keeping vigil at the site of destruction, he sifts through the debris, composing epitaphs to mark both the presence and absence of that which has gone before and will soon come to pass. For in the rubble of what remains, he recovered precious gems of illumination through which to assess, critique, and transform the moment of the present. Literary Remains shows how Lu Xun's literary enterprise is driven by a "radical hope"--That, in spite of the destruction he witnessed and the limits of representation, his writings, like the texts that inspired his own, might somehow capture glimmers of the past and the present, and illuminate a future yet to unfold. Literary Remains will appeal to a wide audience of students and scholars interested in Lu Xun, modern China, cultural studies, and world literature
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
E7B
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1969-
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Cheng, Eileen
Dewey number
895.1/8509
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PL2754.S5
LC item number
Z591427 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Lu, Xun
  • Lu, Xun
  • Lu, Xun
  • Lu, Xun,
  • Languages & Literatures
  • East Asian Languages & Literatures
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Languages & Literatures
  • East Asian Languages & Literatures
Label
Literary remains : death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn, Eileen J. Cheng
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The limits of subjectivity: death, trauma, and the refusal to mourn -- In the name of the father, or the authority of the preface: filiality and the origins of writing -- Vigil before the shrine of the dead: biographers, subjects, and the failures of transmission -- Death by applause: eulogizing women -- The abandoned lover: romance in an age of mechanical reproductions -- The elusion of paradise: wanderers without a home -- Mocking the sages: "gathering vetch" -- A world devoid of enchantment: "mending heaven" and "resurrecting the dead."
Control code
859157545
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (313 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824837808
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 40022233560
  • 10.21313/9780824837808
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62r6cv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859157545
Label
Literary remains : death, trauma, and Lu Xun's refusal to mourn, Eileen J. Cheng
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The limits of subjectivity: death, trauma, and the refusal to mourn -- In the name of the father, or the authority of the preface: filiality and the origins of writing -- Vigil before the shrine of the dead: biographers, subjects, and the failures of transmission -- Death by applause: eulogizing women -- The abandoned lover: romance in an age of mechanical reproductions -- The elusion of paradise: wanderers without a home -- Mocking the sages: "gathering vetch" -- A world devoid of enchantment: "mending heaven" and "resurrecting the dead."
Control code
859157545
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (313 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824837808
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 40022233560
  • 10.21313/9780824837808
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62r6cv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859157545

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