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Delivering Lu Xun to the Empire

Delivering Lu Xun to the Empire

The Afterlife of Lu Xun in the Works of Takeuchi Yoshimi, Dazai Osamu, and Inoue Hisashi

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The Affect of Difference
Angela Yiu
University of Hawai'i Press

No other twentieth-century Chinese writer has enjoyed a more legendary afterlife in Japan than Lu Xun. Takeuchi Yoshimi’s (1910–1977) Rojin (Lu Xun, 1944), Dazai Osamu’s (1909–1948) Sekibetsu (Farewell, 1945), and Inoue Hisashi’s (1934–2010) Shanhai muun (Shanghai Moon, 1991) deliver a Lu Xun who crosses national, racial, and ideological borders. These writers dig deep into their own personal struggles in their relationship with Japanese empire to construct a life that speaks eloquently of their own dreams and losses while delivering Lu Xun in his full presence to the reader. Lu Xun seduces all three writers, and they reconfigure him to seduce others, delivering images and representations of a literary artist who, though different from the Japanese by nature of race and nationality, shares their personal, intellectual, aesthetic, and social commitments. Their representations embody anger, grief, and above all, a longing for reconciliation.

Keywords:   Lu Xun, Takeuchi Yoshimi, Dazai Osamu, Inoue Hisashi, afterlife of an author, reconciliation

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