Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010

Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010

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This innovative collection explores life stories produced in China between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. These essays draw on biographical and autobiographical narratives of men and women, paragons and pariahs, taken from official histories, personal diaries, plays, fiction and blogs, and use perspectives taken from life writing theory to illuminate that work. Whereas many earlier studies have emphasised the social rules of life writing in China, and suggested that lives and selves were often obscured by the weight of convention, the work in this volume shows that the rules were often actively evaded or creatively exploited by biographers and autobiographers, and suggest that a critical understanding of those evasions and exploitations can better reveal lives that were lived and written both within and against the rules of the auto/biographical game.While the cumulative effect of the best work done in the past twoandahalf decades may have been to prompt further, ... 2. Compare, for example, the earlier essays by Denis Twitchett and Yang Liensheng, the essays collected in the ... Wang, When a#39;Ia#39; WasBorn, 16a€“22; Judge andHu, eds., Beyond Exemplar Tales: Womena#39;s Biography in Chinese History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), xiii. 3.

Title:Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010
Author: Marjorie Dryburgh, Sarah Dauncey
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-10-31

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