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Harvard East Asian Monographs 274

The Heart of Time

Moral Agency in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction

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$44.95 • £35.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674022676

Publication Date: 10/31/2006


306 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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  • Introduction
  • Part I: Agency, Modernity, and Narrative
    • 1. Moral Agency and Narrative in Storytelling
  • Part II: The Wages of Freedom in Modern Chinese Fiction
    • 2. Predicaments of Modernity in Late-Qing Novels: 1895-1911
    • 3. The Prison of Self-Consciousness in May Fourth Fiction
    • 4. Social Fiction: Must Context Entail Determinism?
  • Part III: Moral Responsibility in Fiction from the People’s Republic
    • 5. Moral Decision in Mao-Era Fiction
    • 6. Historical Trauma and Humanism in Post-Mao Realism
    • 7. Defiance and Fatalism in Roots-Seeking and Avant-Garde Fiction
    • 8. Self-Ownership and Capitalist Values in 1990s Chinese Fiction
  • Epilogue: The Heart of Time
  • Reference Matter
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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