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Lecture: Writing China’s trauma: Coming to terms with a painful past? By Irmy Schweiger
September 18, 2013 - 12:15-14:00
Since the 1990s a multitude of memoirs, documentations, narratives, reports, images, fiction and voices of a traumatic Chinese history (almost exclusively of the Cultural Revolution) has flooded the market. During the 1980s the Chinese government had an iron grip on the interpretation of Chinese history, while the 1990s not only saw a rise of mnemonic texts but also a variety of stories offering multiple counter-narratives to the official master-narrative. History turned into Histories. This lecture will deal with the question how China’s traumatic history of the 20th century is dealt with in fictional and semi-fictional texts from different origins. What is the role and function of these texts? Whom are they addressing? In how far do they serve as working-through of a traumatic past? Redefining a post-traumatic collective identity? Teaching people of lesson of history? Adding to the industry “writing Red China”? Clearly a memory boom has not only a political but also a commercial aspect.
Location: P. A. Munchs hus, Oslo
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