Ah Q Archaeology: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q's Progeny, and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth-Century China
By: Paul B. Foster (author)Hardback
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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.
Paul B. Foster is associate professor of Chinese in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech.
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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