Fact in Fiction‎: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family

Stapleton, Kristin. Fact in fiction‎ : 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2016. IX-280 p. ISBN : 978-0-8047-9869-3

pid_26929-2Historical novels can be windows into other cultures and eras, but it’s not always clear what’s fact and what’s fiction. Thousands have read Ba Jin’s influential novel Family, but few realize how much he shaped his depiction of 1920s China to suit his story and his politics. In Fact in Fiction, Kristin Stapleton puts Ba Jin’s bestseller into full historical context, both to illustrate how it successfully portrays human experiences during the 1920s and to reveal its historical distortions.

Stapleton’s attention to historical evidence and clear prose that directly addresses themes and characters from Family create a book that scholars, students, and general readers will enjoy. She focuses on Chengdu, China, Ba Jin’s birthplace and the setting for Family, which was also a cultural and political center of western China. The city’s richly preserved archives allow Stapleton to create an intimate portrait of a city that seemed far from the center of national politics of the day but clearly felt the forces of—and contributed to—the turbulent stream of Chinese history.

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Monique Abud (2016, 13 novembre). Fact in Fiction‎: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family. Carnets du Centre Chine (CNRS/EHESS). Consulté le 20 mai 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/mfu3

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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