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Regional Romances And Family Fables: From Root Search To New Historicism

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Root-seeking fiction emerged after the Cultural Revolution catastrophe and against the backdrop of modernization. This chapter concentrates on Mo Yan for his pioneering efforts of new historicism. Han Shaogong?s major works of root search are the novella ?Pa Pa Pa? and his maiden novel, A Dictionary of Maqiao, with which he digs into the idiocy of the national character and the idiolect from the Hunan dialect, respectively. Mo Yan?s rewriting of the national history as a family romance serves not only to epitomize the one hundred years of vicissitudes in China, but also to undermine the cardinal principle of party-state interest by installing personal perceptions of prior events. Regional romances and family fables have become the major forms of contemporary Chinese historical fiction in the Deng Youmei era.

Keywords: Deng Youmei; historicism; Mo Yan; regional romances; root-seeking fiction



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