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The Bodily Text And The Textual Body: The Violence Of History

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This chapter concentrates on the most basic locales?the personal and, metafictionally, the textual spaces. Insofar as the personal past is concerned, nothing is more immediate than one?s own body, the body being both the agent that experiences and desires to know about history, and the medium through which history violently manifests itself. The author considers the human body as a locus of historical writing?as a text on which the past is violently inscribed?and the textual body as an embodiment of delighted violence. This chapter examines the aesthetic experiments in the bodily and textual spaces made by the history-hungry and bloodthirsty writers Mo Yan, Su Tong, Liu Heng, Yu Hua, and Ge Fei. The author?s mazy historiography, rebuffs the ?science? of objective historiography with the arts of typography and topography that translate the battle with the past into a baffle of history.

Keywords: discursive violence; Ge Fei; Liu Heng; Mo Yan; Su Tong; textual body; textual space; Yu Hua

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