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Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

Front Liter Stud Chin    2012, Vol. 6 Issue (2) : 198-207     DOI: 10.3868/s010-001-012-0012-8
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Disease and Humanity: Ba Jin and His Ward Four: A Wartime Novel of China
Haili Kong()
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia 19081-1397, USA
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“Family” as Ba Jin’s intense concern seems to be a central icon of his literary works, carrying through from his Family (1933) to Cold Nights (1947). After briefly reassessing Ba Jin’s literary contribution in his early phase, this essay will focus more on Ba Jin’s novels written in the 1940s, particularly his Ward Four, which rarely attracts critical attention. For Lu Xun, mental disease in China was more crucial than physical disease. Ba Jin uses both mental and physical diseases to explore humanity in a wartime hospital. Ba Jin’s early novels were infused with more radical ideas, but as a more mature writer in the 1940s he provided readers with a new perspective to explore and understand society.

Keywords Ba Jin      humanity      disease      family      trauma     
Corresponding Authors: Haili Kong,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2012
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Haili Kong. Disease and Humanity: Ba Jin and His Ward Four: A Wartime Novel of China[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2012, 6(2): 198-207.
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