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Ma Yuan: The Chinese Avant-Garde, Metafiction, and Post-Postmodernism in the works of Ma Yuan provides the most comprehensive study to date on one of China's most influential contemporary authors, Ma Yuan. By engaging in close readings of narratologically complex works of metafiction, the author offers a reappraisal of the role Ma Yuan played within the rise of postmodern fiction within China and offers new interpretive possibilities for the Chinese Avant-Garde movement of the 1980s through demonstrating that rather than being predominantly 'formalist word games' or 'narrative traps', Ma Yuan's works of metafiction functioned as Foucauldian 'heterotopias' which allowed for the creation of distinctly Post-modern and Post-socialist 'possible worlds'. This book also analyses Ma Yuan's recent post-2000 output and in doing so explores the shifting dynamics of literary self-reflexivity and the 'Post-postmodern' within the contemporary context of 'Xi Jinping era modernity'. This book argues that Ma Yuan's recent works display a distinct movement towards 'metamodern' aesthetics alongside a rising anthropocenic awareness and eco-consciousness which offer key insights into the post-postmodern condition within a Chinese context.
About the Author
Will Gatherer is lecturer in Chinese at the University of Queensland.