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Exemplarity In Luo Guangbin And Yang Yiyan'S Hongyan: From White Terror To "Red Classic"

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This concusory chapter examines Luo Guangbin and Yang Yiyans novel Hongyan in light of the aporetic concept of the Bildungsroman. It argues that while Jiang Jie is clearly the most renowned figure to emerge as part of the novels pantheon of revolutionary heroes, it is Liu Siyang as petty bourgeois intellectual turned revolutionary in whom the reader is best able to sense the kind of narrative momentum traditionally associated with the Bildungsroman. It shows that reading the novel in light of a specifically (Hegelian-) Marxist notion of universalityand without prejudice to its originscan help us much better understand why the novel remains strangely compelling. The chapter expalins that the crisis of 20th-century Chinese realism can best be grasped in light of the way the post-Kantian subject of romanticism inexorably engenders what becomes the most insistent content of modern Chinese socialist realism, namely the overarching thematics of modernity.

Keywords: Bildungsroman; Chinese socialist realism; Hongyan; Luo Guangbin; post-Kantian romanticism; Yang Yiyan

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