Borderlands and Allegories: The Chinese Rural Imagination


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Borderlands and Allegories: The Chinese Rural Imagination
The Chinese rural imagination seems captivated by the power of allegory: the symbols within a story. Further, this literary technique is often employed in close connection to borders. These border areas are especially conducive for the allegorical because they are often blurred, capable of many interpretations (an example being, the dividing line between city and country); such ambiguity is also an essential component of the allegory: meaning is simultaneously clear and unclear in the narrative. And it is this ambiguity in both cases that is important to Chinese literature. The reason being, Chinese literary modernity has often been challenged by state repression and censorship. To...
The end: that influential texts only become influential through their popularity in the public. If the average Chinese did not have any profound interest in the border areas and allegory then other texts would have been replaced these as the penultimate forms. However, such is not the case. Allegory and border issues, both physical and metaphysical, are important parts of the modern Chinese imagination.
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