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Exhibiting the PastHistorical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China$
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Kirk A. Denton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836870

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836870.001.0001

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Literary Politics and Cultural Heritage

Literary Politics and Cultural Heritage

Modern Literature Museums

(p.176) Chapter 8 Literary Politics and Cultural Heritage
Exhibiting the Past

Kirk A. Denton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on China's literature museums. China has more museums devoted to literature or to particular writers than any other country in the world. That the number of such museums is striking says much about the importance placed on the literary word in Chinese culture. The first literature museums were devoted to Lu Xun, who was among the first writers in China to adopt the modern vernacular language into Western-influenced fictional forms. Among these are the Shanghai Lu Xun Memorial Hall, Shaoxing Lu Xun Memorial Hall, and Lu Village, a life-size re-creation of Lu Xun's fictional town. In addition to numerous museums devoted to individual writers, both premodern and modern, China also has what is billed as the largest museum of modern literature of any country in the world—the Modern Literature Museum.

Keywords:   Chinese literature museums, Chinese culture, Modern Literature Museum, Lu Xun

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