Histories and Historical Fiction


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Histories and Historical Fiction

Chen Chianchoung, Professor and Institute Director, Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Tsing Hua University

The scope of “historical narrative” is wide indeed. The term refers to the “historicism” that from the nineteenth century onward took objective evidence as its basis, attempti... (Read more)

Works and Authors
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Mr. Hopper
Mr. Hopper Chen Yingzhen

“Mr. Hopper” marked Chen Yingzhen’s return to literary circles after nearly a decade following his imprisonment for involvement with the “Taiwan Democ... (Read more)

Hunting Captive Women
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Wintry Night
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Wintry Night (1980) is the first volume of Li Qiao’s Wintry Night Trilogy (the other two volumes are Deserted Village and Lone Lamp). The trilogy’s st... (Read more)

Old Mainlander, for You I Write
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