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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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The Monster That Is History

The Monster That Is History

(p.183) Chapter 6 The Monster That Is History
The Monster That Is History

David Der-wei Wang

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes the novel A Tale of Modern Monsters by Jiang Gui, a Chinese émigré writer in Taiwan after 1949. It attempts to link this work with two other novels employing the same monstrous symbolism, A Compendium of Monsters and An Idle Commentary on Monsters. The chapter suggests that the authors of these three novels called on the ancient monster taowu, which in one of its many etymological transformations is related to the genre of historical writing.

Keywords:   Modern Monsters, Jiang Gui, monstrous symbolism, Compendium of Monsters, Commentary on Monsters, taowu, historical writing

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