Ah Q Archaeology

Ah Q Archaeology : Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q's Progeny, and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth-Century China

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Ah Q Archaeology concretely situates Lu Xun's critique of national character vis-a-vis metanarratives of nationalism and modernity through a close examination of his works in their historical context. Paul B. Foster uses a discursive approach to tie together Lu Xun's major theme of national character critique and its fate in China's tumultuous twentieth century.show more

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  • Hardback | 414 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 725.76g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 073911168X
  • 9780739111680

About Paul B. Foster

Paul B. Foster is associate professor of Chinese in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech.show more

Review quote

An admirable attempt to weave together at least three strands of scholarship: nationalism, modern Chinese literature, and modern Chinese history. The result is exceedingly rich. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, October 2007show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 General Discursive Trajectories of Lu Xun, Ah Q and National Character Chapter 2 The Historical Context of National Character in China: Ironic Nationalism Chapter 3 Lu Xun's Late Qing Essays: The Foundations of His Engagement with the National Character Discourse Chapter 4 The Trajectory of National Character in Lu Xun's Writings (1918-1936) Chapter 5 Ah Q and the Critique of National Character: Lu Xun's Attack on National Essence and Chinese Spiritual Culture Chapter 6 Lu Xun and the Construction of the Ah Q Discourse (1922-1949) Chapter 7 The Ironic Inflation of Chinese National Character: Lu Xun's International Reputation, Romain Rolland's Critique of "The True Story of Ah Q" and the Nobel Prize Chapter 8 Ah Q Progeny-Son of Ah Q, Modern Ah Q, Miss Ah Q, Sequels to Ah Q-Post-1949 Creative Intersections with the Ah Q Discourse Chapter 9 Conclusionshow more