Ah Q Archaeology

Ah Q Archaeology : Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 36mm | 589.67g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739128094
  • 9780739128091
  • 2,276,313

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 Conclusion
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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 2007
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About Paul B. Foster

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