Beyond the Iron House: Lu Xun and the Modern Chinese Literary Field (China Perspectives) By Saiyin Sun Cover Image

Beyond the Iron House: Lu Xun and the Modern Chinese Literary Field (China Perspectives) (Hardcover)

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Beyond the Iron House is a critical study of a crucial period of life and work of the modern Chinese writer Lu Xun. Through thorough research into historical materials and archives, the author demonstrates that Lu Xun was recognized in the literary field much later than has hitherto been argued. Neither the appearance of Kuangren riji (Diary of a madman) in 1918 nor the publication of Nahan (Outcry) in 1923 had catapulted the author into nationwide prominence; in comparison with his contemporaries, neither was his literary work as original and unique as many have claimed, nor were his thoughts and ideas as popular and influential as many have believed; like many other agents in the literary field, Lu Xun was actively involved in power struggles over what was at stake in the field; Lu Xun was later built into an iconic figure and the blind worship of him hindered a better and more authentic understanding of many other modern writers and intellectuals such as Gao Changhong and Zhou Zuoren, whose complex relationships with Lu Xun are fully explored and analysed in the book.

About the Author


Sun Saiyin is Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781138670822
ISBN-10: 1138670820
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 25th, 2016
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: China Perspectives