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Wen-hsin Yeh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001

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Crime or Punishment? On the Forensic Discourse of Modern Chinese Literature

Crime or Punishment? On the Forensic Discourse of Modern Chinese Literature

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(p.260) Eight Crime or Punishment? On the Forensic Discourse of Modern Chinese Literature
Source:
Becoming Chinese
Author(s):

Der-wei Wang David

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0008

This chapter examines the scenes of crime and punishment in Chinese literary works from the late Qing period to the late 1940s. It addresses the issue of critical intellectual stances vis-à-vis the state and outlines a literary trajectory that progressed from a representation of violence to the transformation of literature into sites for violence. It argues that a major thrust in the writing of modern Chinese literature has been the compulsion to address social justice, a high-strung, contentious call for justice that turned the printed pages into veritable courtrooms of public appeal.

Keywords:   crime, punishment, Chinese literature, violence, social justice, public appeal

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