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Madmen and Other Survivors: Reading Lu Xun's Fiction

Jeremy Tambling


The fiction of Lu Xun (1881–1936) deals with China moving beyond the 1911 Revolution. He asks about the possibility of survival, and what that means, even considering the possibility that madness might be a strategy by which survival is made possible. Such an idea calls identity into question, and Lu Xun is read here as a writer for whom that is a wholly problematic concept. This book makes use of critical and cultural theory to consider these short stories in the context of not only Chinese fiction, but in terms of the art of the short story, and in relation to literary modernism. It attempts ... More

Keywords: Lu Xun, China, 1911 Revolution, survival, madness, identity, Chinese fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9789622098244
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Tambling, author