WANG Xiaoping. Contending for the “Chinese Modern”: The Writing of Fiction in the Great Transformative Epoch of Modern China 1937-1949. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019, 604 pp. = 王晓平:《追寻中国的"现代: : "多元变革时代"中国小说研究1937-1949》,莱顿/波士顿 : 荷兰博睿学术出版社, 2019年版, 604页。

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Contending for the "Chinese Modern" is a welcome addition to the growing publications on modern Chinese fiction in English. In a way, it is a long-awaited book because, for one, no comprehensive book-length work on Chinese fiction in the critical period of 1937-1949, to the best of my knowledge, has been published in English; and more importantly, current discussion of modern Chinese fiction in English is dominated by what I would call “redemptive modern” discourses that try to write history out of discussion. Therefore, the author’s call for "historicization” is especially inspiring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-828
JournalInternational Comparative Literature
Volume2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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