U of U ECON 5420 - Wang Hui - Fire at the Castle Gate (32 pages)

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preface Wang Hui chief editor of China s leading intellectual monthly Dushu Reading was born in 1959 in the city of Yangzhou where he graduated from the Teachers College before moving to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in 1985 There after completing his doctoral work he became a research fellow in its Institute of Literature After the events of 1989 he was sent to the mountainous countryside of Sha anxi on the borders of Henan and Hubei one of the poorest regions in China for a year Returning to his post in Beijing in late 1990 he published his first book Revolt against Despair Lu Xun and his World This study of the central figure in modern Chinese literature was widely greeted for its break with the standard interpretations of Lu Xun whether inspired by progressive or conservative orthodoxies Wang Hui s portrait of Lu Xun stressed his debts to the thought of Stirner and Nietzsche and the paradoxes of his support for the cause of a social revolution which would yet have to be opposed once it was victorious in the spirit of Stirner s radically asocial values Three years later a collection of essays on the May Fourth movement and its echoes in Chinese history entitled No Room for Hesitation in a Void confirmed Wang Hui s reputation as one of the most independent minds to appear in the nineties When the editorship of Dushu fell vacant in 1996 he was picked to take over the journal A year later his Self Selected Essays proved an influential collection for younger intellectuals in the PRC By this time he had begun challenging what had become mainstream opinions among the Chinese intelligentsia not to speak of official doctrines about the present and future of the country A central essay Contemporary Chinese Thought and the Question of Modernity was published abroad in Social Text in the summer of 1998 His collected writings on the theme of modernization have since appeared under the title Rekindling Frozen Fire 1999 The sharp social criticism contained



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