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Ethics and Aesthetics of Freedom in American and Chinese Realism

Studies in Comparative Literature S. 60

By (author) Wenying Xu
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 2003
Dimensions: w 159mm h 229mm d 25mm
Weight: 726g
ISBN-10: 0773466711
ISBN-13: 9780773466715
Barcode No: 9780773466715
The goal of this monograph is to complicate the postmodernist argument that art is always already political and does so by studying literary realism as practiced by American and Chinese writers, utilizing the perspective of Michel Foucault. It performs a careful reading of Henry James's "The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Princess Casamassima", William Dean Howell's "A Hazard of New Fortunes", and "The World of Chance", Liu Binyan's "People or Monster?" and "Sound is Better Than Silence" and Zhang Xianliang's "Half Man is Woman" and "Getting Used to Dying". It demonstrates that both sets of realist writers provide interpretive presentations of social realities in order to dismantle cultural appearances (the gospel of wealth, social Darwinism, political liberalism, party purity and historical progress).

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