Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Monster That Is HistoryHistory, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Der-WeiWang

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231405

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231405.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 21 January 2018

Invitation to a Beheading

Invitation to a Beheading

Chapter:
(p.15) Chapter 1 Invitation to a Beheading
Source:
The Monster That Is History
Author(s):

David Der-wei Wang

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231405.003.0002

This chapter deals with the theme of beheading in twentieth-century Chinese literature, focusing on the writings on decapitation by Youhuan Yusheng, Lu Xun, and Shen Congwen. It deals with decapitation as the primal scene of the twentieth-century Chinese imagination of national, ethnic, and personal trauma, and describes the advent of Chinese literary modernity in tandem with the eruption of violence. The chapter suggests that the beheading syndrome is seen as a source of century-long debates on civility versus savagery and nationalism versus colonialism.

Keywords:   modernity, monstrosity, Chinese literature, Youhuan Yusheng, Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, decapitation, literary modernity, violence, nationalism

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.