Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature; Asian Studies

Project Advisor 1

Andrew Schonebaum

Abstract/Artist's Statement

In 1918 Lu Xun wrote "Diary of a Madman," in which his prophetic Diarist claimed the whole of Chinese history was a history of cannibalism. In 1992 Mo Yan approached cannibalism and madness in a radically different light and utilized them to critique an emerging society of excess and extravagance. Through an exploration of these two authors' literary relationship, much is learned about their thoughts and goals. Ultimately, their relationship proves to defy assumptions as both men advocate for a revitalization of traditional fiction.

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