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Literati and Self-Re/presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel (review)

Literati and Self-Re/presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese... 162 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1997 Martin W. Huang, Literati and Self-Re/presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995. xii, 237 pp. Hardcover $35.00, isbn 0-8047-2462-8. Martin W. Huang's new book stands out as an ingenious and thought-provoking study that sheds new light on three eighteenth-century "full-length novels": The Scholars (Rulin waishi), The Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng), and The Humble Words from an Old Rustic ( Yesou puyan). In this study, he attempts to ac- complish one major task: to examine how each of fhe three literati novelists applies various strategies to present his "autobiographical self through the manipulation and appropriation of fictional "others"--or, to put it simply, he shows how self-presentation (the author's autobiographical agenda) is embedded in "self-re/ presentation" (the collective biographies of fictional characters). In his Introduction, Huang brings out fhe essential issues: the "migration of autobiographical sensibility," the literati identity crisis, and fhe inevitable result of creating "others" in self-writing. Chapter 1 is an attempt to lay out the theoretical underpinnings. While presenting a comprehensive survey on the "migration of autobiographical sensitivity" from seventeenth-century formal autobiographical writing to eighteenth-century fictional autobiographical writing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Literati and Self-Re/presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (1) – Mar 30, 1997

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162 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1997 Martin W. Huang, Literati and Self-Re/presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995. xii, 237 pp. Hardcover $35.00, isbn 0-8047-2462-8. Martin W. Huang's new book stands out as an ingenious and thought-provoking study that sheds new light on three eighteenth-century "full-length novels": The Scholars (Rulin waishi), The Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng), and The Humble Words from an Old Rustic ( Yesou puyan). In this study, he attempts to ac- complish one major task: to examine how each of fhe three literati novelists applies various strategies to present his "autobiographical self through the manipulation and appropriation of fictional "others"--or, to put it simply, he shows how self-presentation (the author's autobiographical agenda) is embedded in "self-re/ presentation" (the collective biographies of fictional characters). In his Introduction, Huang brings out fhe essential issues: the "migration of autobiographical sensibility," the literati identity crisis, and fhe inevitable result of creating "others" in self-writing. Chapter 1 is an attempt to lay out the theoretical underpinnings. While presenting a comprehensive survey on the "migration of autobiographical sensitivity" from seventeenth-century formal autobiographical writing to eighteenth-century fictional autobiographical writing

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 30, 1997

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