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Chinese fiction of the cultural revolution / Lan Yang

Main Author Lan Yang Country Hong-Kong. Publication Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 1998 Description XIV, 340 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 962-209-467-8 CDU 895.1 82.0
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As the first comprehensive study of Chinese fiction of the Cultural Revolution, this pioneering work explores the position of the literature of this turbulent period in the context of contemporary China. The book covers the choice of subject matter, authorship and readership of Cultural Revolution fiction. It analyses the characterization of heroes promoted in the literary and artistic field during this period. By comparing Cultural Revolution fiction with the fiction of the preceding period, with Soviet fiction and with some traditional Chinese and Western fiction, this analysis emphasizes the ideological and cultural significance of the characteristics shown in the heroes' personal background and their physical, temperamental and behavioural qualities etc. The book also contains a comprehensive linguistic study focusing on lexical style. This investigation presents the density and distribution of stylistic items concerning narrators and characters, the general fictional language style, and the relation between the general style and the authors' individual language style. This book will be of significant benefit to both students and scholars of Chinese literature, language and society.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Tables (p. ix)
  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Preface (p. xiii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part I Characterization of the Main Heroes (p. 33)
  • Introduction to Part I (p. 35)
  • Chapter 1 Personal Background (p. 39)
  • Chapter 2 Physical Qualities (p. 49)
  • Chapter 3 Ideological Qualities (p. 61)
  • Chapter 4 Temperamental and Behavioural Qualities (p. 75)
  • Part II Lexical Style (p. 121)
  • Introduction to Part II (p. 123)
  • Chapter 6 Vulgar Expressions (p. 129)
  • Chapter 7 Ideological Expressions (p. 147)
  • Chapter 8 Idioms, Proverbs, Xiehouyu, and Classical Verses (p. 165)
  • Chapter 9 'Bookish' and 'Colloquial' (p. 181)
  • Chapter 10 Dialectal Expressions (p. 187)
  • Chapter 11 Military Words and Expressions (p. 193)
  • Chapter 12 Meteorological Vocabulary and Inflated Expressions (p. 203)
  • Chapter 13 The Vocabulary Style in General Perspective (p. 211)
  • Conclusion (p. 215)
  • Tables (p. 227)
  • Select Bibliography (p. 277)
  • Appendix 1 The 24 CR Agricultural Novels (p. 291)
  • Appendix 2 Annotated Bibliography of Novels of the Cultural Revolution (p. 293)
  • Glossary (p. 311)
  • Index (p. 335)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


The author's first "comprehensive study" of a subject he has researched for several years, this book focuses particularly on two aspects of Chinese fiction between the years 1966 and 1976: characterization and language. Characterization includes personal background--physical, ideological, temperamental, and behavioral qualities; lexical style covers vulgar, ideological, idiomatic, bookish, colloquial, dialectical, military, and meteorological expressions. Scrupulous and meticulous in its detail, the study includes 20 statistical tables comparing stylistic matters--e.g., "No. of Ideological words per 1,000 characters," "No. of colloquial words per 1,000 characters," and "No. of military expressions per 100,000 characters." Thus, it will be most useful to scholars comparing characterization and lexical style during the cultural revolution with other periods of 20th-century Chinese fiction, and perhaps with official literature of other countries in which publication industries were controlled by ideological authorities. For graduate students, researchers, and faculty. J. W. Walls; Simon Fraser University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Lan Yang is post-doctoral research fellow of Chinese language and literature at the University of Edinburgh, author of A Study of Gong'an Dialect (Gong'an fangyan yanjiu), author of The Dialects of Hubei Province (Hubei fangyan zhi), and The Concise Encyclopaedia of China (Zhonghua xiao baikequanshu).

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