Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

From The Country To The City: Nostalgia For The Hometown

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter encounters writers of the generation yearning for the hometown, namely, Su Tong, Wang Shuo, and Wang Anyi. Su Tong?s Maple Village series deals with displacement between the country and the city. His nostalgia has created a southern aura of decadence against the political agenda of modernization. The chapter first examines the aesthetics of nostalgia in Wang?s novella that acknowledges the falsehood of memory in historical testimony, and the meaning of homesickness for one who is homeless. Then, the literary work is compared with the film reproduction, including the movie script and the motion picture. The chapter also demonstrates that, for the late and postrevolutionary generations, the problem of constructing the self lies not so much in a loss of innocence as a lack of experience in history.

Keywords: Maple village; rootless homesickness; southern decadence; Su Tong; Wang Anyi; Wang Shuo



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Remapping the Past — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation