After the Cultural Revolution, the normal writing style paralyzed. Writers of the 1960's such as Su Tong and Yu Hua turned to express personal and collective traumas in a cold way. However, another group of writers such as Wang Xiaobo (1952-1997) and Yan Lianke (1958- ) described the Cultural Revolution in a carnivalesque way, forming a different style of trauma writing. In the article, I will focus on Wang Xiaobo's The Goden age and Love in the Time of Revolution with reference to his other works when necessary. I want to know whether Wang's body writing expresses the collective memory of a generation or originates from his individual special background, and what kind of changes the cultural standpoint and spiritual orientation behind it undergoes. I will try to answer the following questions: Why does Wang choose a carnivalesque way to describe the Cultural Revolution? What situation of the Cultural Revolution is expressed by the carnivalesque language? What is the relationship between revolution and sex? What kind of physical and cultural meanings does Wang intend to display by sex during the Cultural Revolution? By answering the above questions, I show the speciality of Wang's writing of body and sex during the Cultural Revolution.
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||29|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- the Cultural Revolution
- Wang Xiaobo