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A Symptomatic Reading on the Nihilism Discourse in Late Qing Dynasty

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2015, (29), pp.1-31
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2015..29.001
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : August 30, 2015

Sooyeon Kim 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Nihilism fiction is a unique phenomenon in late Qing Dynasty. It is closely connected with global circulation of Russia revolution discourse, especially nihilist activities. From the 1880s, publishers in the west and Asia noticed Russia revolution discourse which Stepniak, author of Underground Russia lead. Newspapers in Japan there gave full coverage to the activities of the Russian Populist and between 1881 and 1883, followed by many books books dealing with Russian Nihilists published. After Boxer Rebellion in china, Nihilist discourse sprang up in society, and caused syndrome of Xuwudang(Nihilist). It was was reflected in the productions od cheap popular fiction and nonfiction. Its syndrome was related with poitical movement, but its meanings often were totally out of historical context. Xuwudang is used in many meaning, such as a mere terrorist, secret activity. Sophia Perovskaya was popular topic of Chinese fiction in those. but Most Chinese books on Xuwutang, as in Japan, with little knowledge of the subject. Chinese works on the topic were written in accordance with popular fiction like bizarre story, heroism, a detective story. This article will show process of formation of Nihilism Discourse in late Qing Dynasty, and analyse the implicative meangs as periodic symptom.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.