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This front matter section of this book Configurations of the Real in Chinese Literary and Aesthetic Modernity contains the table of contents, preface and acknowledgements. The book traces China's unique, complex, and creative articulation of literary modernity beginning with Lu Xun's The True Story of Ah Q. It examines the reasons why theory itself plays so decisive a role in its emergence. The book explores the ineluctably theoretical problem of how modern Chinese literary realism emerges and develops in a decisive relationship to modern philosophy. Paramount among those concerns is the ultimately political question of the modern project of humanism, a major theme of this book.

Keywords: aesthetic modernity; Chinese literature; humanism

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