The writer as a historical figure of modern China: Ye Zhaoyan's passionate memory and fictional history

Gary Gang Xu

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Abstract

This article examines the writings of Ye Zhaoyan, one of the most important contemporary Chinese writes. As the grandson of Ye Shengtao, a leading May Fourth writer, Ye Zhaoyan always feels responsible for connecting the contemporary with the early Republican period. The ways in which he makes the connection are interesting: he disguises under his popular appeals serious and critical reflections upon the relationship between history, memory, and love. I highlight Ye's active remembrance of what has been repressed by the grand history, his constant examination of the writing of history through creating the writer as a historical figure of modern China, and his embedment of historical experience in the everyday.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-418
Number of pages14
JournalNeohelicon
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Love/Qing
  • Memory
  • Modern Chinese literary history
  • Ye Zhaoyan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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