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The Edge of Knowing : Dreams, History, and Realism in Modern Chinese Literature, Hardback Book

The Edge of Knowing : Dreams, History, and Realism in Modern Chinese Literature Hardback


The Edge of Knowing explores the relationship between the rhetoric of dreams and realist literary practice in modern Chinese literature from the May Fourth Era in the early twentieth century through the period just following the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.

The writers' attention to dreams demonstrates the multiple influences of Western psychology, utopian desire for revolutionary change, and the enduring legacy of traditional Chinese philosophy.

At the same time, modern Chinese writers used their work to represent social reality for the purpose of nation-building.

Recent political usage of dream rhetoric in the People's Republic of China attests to the continuing influence of dreams on the imagination of Chinese modernity. By employing a number of critical perspectives, The Edge of Knowing will appeal to readers seeking to understand the complicated relationship between literary form and Chinese history and politics.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 233 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9780295998992

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