Nostalgia: The Cultural Configuration of the "Past"

By Hong Jiang.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper attempts to discuss how post-Mao Chinese writers have dealt the "past" through reading Wang Anyi's works that focus on describing urban consciousness and the life in Shanghai alleys.

Keywords: Nostalgia, Past, Collective Memory, Urban Consciousness, Shanghai Alley, Petty Urbanites

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.85-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.757MB).

Dr. Hong Jiang

Hong Jiang is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at The Colorado College. She graduated from Fudan University in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Chinese literature and aesthetics. After she graduated from Fudan, she worked at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences for a couple of years as Research Fellow and then went to the United States for her graduate study. She received her Ph.D. in literature (Chinese and comparative) from University of Minnesota in 1995 and began her teaching at Colorado College in the same year. Her most recent book is Small Well Lane: A Contemporary Chinese Play and Oral History (University of Michigan Press, 2002). She is now working on two projects: a book on modernity and women's writing in post-Mao China, and the other focus on discussing the intellectual discourse in China today.

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