Reading colonial dis-ease/disease in Hong Kong modernist fiction

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Abstract

Hong Kong people's dis-ease caused by British colonial rule and the unsettling colonial living environment is thematized as a disease in some of Hong Kong's most prominent modernist fiction, such as Liu Yichang's The Drunkard (1963), Yasi's Paper Cut-outs (1977), and Xi Xi's Mourning My Breast (1992). By examining the medical themes of these novels, this chapter examines the promise and failure of Western modernity in colonial Hong Kong, especially in the form of a medical science that did not take into account the local practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew directions in literature and medicine studies
EditorsStephanie M. HILGER
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages267-280
ISBN (Electronic)9781137519887
ISBN (Print)9781137519870
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Hong Kong
Modernist
Colonies
Fiction
Chinese Medicine
Medical Sciences
Cut
Novel
Colonial Rule
Modernity

Citation

Au, C. T. (2017). Reading colonial dis-ease/disease in Hong Kong modernist fiction. In S. M. Hilger (Ed.), New directions in literature and medicine studies (pp. 267-280). London: Palgrave Macmillan.