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The Monster That Is HistoryHistory, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China$
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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

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Crime or Punishment?

Crime or Punishment?

(p.41) Chapter 2 Crime or Punishment?
The Monster That Is History

David Der-wei Wang

University of California Press

This chapter examines the dialectic of justice in order to understand violence and its representation in Chinese literature. It describes how a forensic discourse has arisen and evolved in modern Chinese literature drawing examples drawn from four historical moments. The chapter explains that at a time when the old political, judicial, and moral order had collapsed and new orders were yet to be established, literature provided a textual space in which legal cases were presented for debate and deliberation.

Keywords:   justice, violence, Chinese literature, forensic discourse, modern literature, historical moments

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