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Conclusion Back(Ward) To The Future: Toward A Retro-Fiction

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The fictions of history no longer predicate a one-way progressivism; instead, they appear as a ?paragrammatism,? a double writing that simultaneously absorbs and attacks the traditional historic discourse with a spatialized articulation of the past. The Chinese angels? contemplations about the relationship between the past and the present constitute a writing gesture that the author would like to call ?retrofiction?? a fiction that turns back to the past, with its back turned to the future, and willingly stays behind in resistance to the irresistible force of progress. A major element that contributes to retro-fiction is reflection on the identity crisis during the postrevolutionary age. In the fiction of regional history, root-seeking amounts to a national, local, and finally individual identity search; in the writings of diaspora and minorities, the poetics of racial representation inevitably involves the politics of national identity;.

Keywords: Chinese angels; national identity; retro-fiction



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