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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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Lu Xun: The True Story

Lu Xun: The True Story

(p.12) (p.13) 2 Lu Xun: The True Story
Madmen and Other Survivors

Jeremy Tambling

Hong Kong University Press

Lu Xun was born as Zhou Zhangshou, in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, in the eastern part of China, just below Shanghai, in 1881. In the preface to A Call to Arms (1923), the text in which he presents himself as “Lu Xun,” and in which he may be seen constructing his history, presenting himself as a particular kind of writer, he writes: “it is my belief that those who come down in the world will probably learn in the process what society is really like.” Narrating the story of Lu Xun's life usually means drawing on his own words and stories, many of which are autobiographical. However, the history of Lu Xun criticism shows that there is no consensus on how those representations are to be read, and no settled way of representing Lu Xun.

Keywords:   Lu Xun, Call to Arms, Zhou Zhangshou, autobiography, Shanghai

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