Based on Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin's carnival theory, we analyzed the characters' carnival performance in Yu Hua's Brother from the perspective of the ”body.” First, we explained how sex, violence and fighting, and death were important events that were held in the public square of Liu town (劉鎮). Second, we discussed how Yu Hua (余華) often creates parodies through passive writing of the cavities of the human body. He also tends to combine ”the servile body” and ”the solemn body” as a method of ridicule. Then, we use ”the displayed body,” ”the sublime body,” ”the scapegoat body,” and ”the crying body” to highlight what the characters Li Guangtou (李光頭), Song Fanping (宋凡平), Li Lan (李蘭), and Song Gang (宋鋼) represent, respectively. This study concludes that Brother is an instinctive subversion.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Body in the Square-Narrative of a Carnival in Yu Hua's "Brother"|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin
- Yu Hua