publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

You Are Whom You Eat: Cannibalism in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film

Tsai, Yun-Chu;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
My project, You Are Whom You Eat: Cannibalism in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film, studies cannibalism in the works of Yu Hua, Mo Yan, and Lillian Lee. In contrast to other scholars who have interpreted cannibalism in modern and contemporary Chinese literature as merely allegorical, I find that cannibalism is better understood as both allegorical and literal. The trope of cannibalism uncovers the potential incorporation of Chinese gourmandism (Chinese culture of eating food and delicacies) and medicinal/gourmet cannibalism (eating human flesh for health benefits or pleasure) in the discourse of modernization and globalization. This project considers literar...
Subjects
free text keywords: Asian literature, Asian studies, Modern literature, Cannibalism, Chinese Fiction and Film, Chinese Medicine, Globalization, Modernity, Post-socialism
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