Title

Split consciousness : the dialectics of desire in Camel Xiangzi

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Modern Chinese Literature = 中國現代文學

Publication Date

Fall 1986

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

171

Last Page

195

Publisher

San Francisco State University Center for the Study of Modern Chinese Literature

Abstract

This paper attempts to describe the possible operation of a dialectic of desire in the ideological subtext of modern Chinese realism. By tracing the dialectical interaction between subjectivity ("that which is") and objectivity ("other than itself"), I shall try to locate the root of desire——in its various forms as the desire to work, to love, to survive, and to represent——as hidden or manifested in the text of Lao She's most powerful realist novel, Luotuo Xiangzi [Camel Xiangzi].

Print ISSN

87558963

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Recommended Citation

Chan, C.-K. S. (1986). Split consciousness: The dialectics of desire in Camel Xiangzi. Modern Chinese Literature, 2(2), 171-195.