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Madmen and Other SurvivorsReading Lu Xun's Fiction$
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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098244

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098244.001.0001

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Introduction: Lu Xun in Translation

Introduction: Lu Xun in Translation

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Lu Xun in Translation
Madmen and Other Survivors

Jeremy Tambling

Hong Kong University Press

This book is not a complete study of Lu Xun, but only of his short stories, those which were written between 1918 and the end of 1925, which appeared first in magazines in Beijing and Shanghai. Reprinted in two books, translated in the standard version as A Call to Arms (1923) and Wandering (1926), they comprise an extraordinary addition to the production of knowledge about China, and, not least, to the short story form. The approach to these cannot be to take them simply as individual narratives, for they interlock, constructing an autobiography, reading a momentous period in the history of China, and influencing a discussion of the idea of a Chinese national character. The thesis of this book is that the short story in Lu Xun both reads and precipitates a shock and a crisis, which is primarily sexual in character, and which seems to be linked to traumatic perception.

Keywords:   China, short story, traumatic perception, national character, Wandering

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