Chapter 9 Aesthetic Cognition and the Subject of Discourse in Lu Xun’s Modern-Style Fiction

In: Remembering May Fourth
Author: Nicholas Kaldis
  • 1 City University of Hong Kong
  • | 2 University of Pennsylvania

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Abstract

Exploring, among other things, Lu Xun’s configuration of his characters’ relationships to then-dominant ideological discourses, this chapter teases out heretofore seldom observed or altogether unremarked upon vital features of his canonical works. The chapter is grounded in the conviction that an attunement to the insights internal to a text can expand our understanding of a literary work, its intellectual-historical context, and its author. It affirms the relevance of the concept of aesthetic cognition and the value of a hermeneutics of engagement in the study of modern Chinese literature.

Remembering May Fourth

The Movement and its Centennial Legacy

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