By Qingxin Lin
This publication explores a few crucial good points of the chinese language new historic fiction (NHF) and its socio-cultural implications. It argues that the NHF constitutes an oppositional discourse that rejects, either the grand narrative of linear (revolutionary) background, which dominates chinese language reputable historiography, and naïve self belief in 'Chinese modernity.'
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They owe their existence n o t only to the efforts of the great minds and talents who have created them, but also to the anonymous toil of their contemporaries. There is no d o c u m e n t of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the m a n n e r in which it was transmitted from o n e owner to another. A historical materialist therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it as his task to brush history against the grain.
There is no d o c u m e n t of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the m a n n e r in which it was transmitted from o n e owner to another. A historical materialist therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it as his task to brush history against the grain. " The position of the historical materialist, Benjamin has implied, is to empathize with the loser rather than the victor, to "brush history against the grain," that is to say.
They aim at rewriting twentieth-century Chinese history which had gone through the 1911 Revolution, the Sino-Japanese War (19371945), the Civil War (1945-1949), and the Chinese Socialist Revolution (19491976). Concomitant with the resurrection of memories of these revolutions 34 Brushing History Against the Grain and wars is an awareness of the intricate maneuvers of power in the formation and dissemination of the historical discourse, and a new perception of the relation between fiction and historiography in their contest for the right of reciting history or stories.
Brushing History Against the Grain: Reading the Chinese New Historical Fiction (1986-1999) by Qingxin Lin