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Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

ISSN 1673-7318 (Print)
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, Volume 13 Issue 2

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Open Letter of Apology
Xudong ZHANG
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 169-170.
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Understanding Wild Grass by Talking to Oneself: Lu Xun’s Yecao through the Lens of Ziyan Ziyu and the Prism of the Past
Jon Eugene von Kowallis
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 171-199.
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This article makes a reinterpretation of Lu Xun’s acclaimed prose poetry collection Yecao (Wild grass), written between 1924-27, by reading it in conjunction with a rediscovered prototype consisting of seven pieces published in Guomin gongbao (The citizen’s gazette) between August and September 1919 under the title Ziyan ziyu (Talking to oneself). Lu Xun’s baihua prose style had advanced considerably in the interim, but the author discerns a degree of thematic overlap between the two collections, on the basis of which he proposes answers to key questions that have been asked about Yecao since its first publication, concluding that it is still as fresh and avant-garde a collection to readers today as it was nearly one hundred years ago.

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Agonistic Memory, Compound Temporality and Expansion of Literary Space in Lu Xun
Xudong ZHANG
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 200-261.
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The paper examines the ways in which memory is constructed in Lu Xun’s writings, above all his essay (zawen) by means of an artistic staging of its antagonism with forgetting. The author emphasizes the primacy of forgetting, as opposed to recollection conventionally understood, as the centrality of Lu Xun’s stressful, tragic principle of memory. The author argues that, by turning to forgetting as a register of and formal-spatial space for historical and political content, Lu Xun puts his signature stylistic maneuvers and mannerisms in full display. Hence, “memory for the sake of forgetting” must be understood literally, that is, as forgetting functioning as a heightened and intensified form of social protest, albeit in modernistic rather than realistic terms; and through this pressurized and agonistic inner space of convoluted temporality. Furthermore, the author seeks to show that forgetting also serves a representational function that goes hand-in-hand with Lu Xun’s zawen as poetics and chronicle all at once. In Lu Xun’s writing of reminiscence, that which fails to be repressed into silence, despair and oblivion roars back from the depth of an existential void, and reorganizes historical experiences of chaos and danger into a more powerful and intimate encasement and mimesis of reality. Thus, in Lu Xun, a modernist intervention into nothingness makes palpable history’s own structure of conflict, oppression and impasse which simultaneously stands for a metaphysics of defiance and hope.

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A Girls’ Trip
Todd Foley
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 262-297.
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The Rescue Truck
Todd Foley
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 298-311.
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Workshop Discussions
Xudong ZHANG
Front. Lit. Stud. China. 2019, 13 (2): 312-342.
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