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Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern ChinaThe Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping$
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Bonnie S. McDougall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256792.001.0001

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Family Matters

Family Matters

(p.160) 17 Family Matters
Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern China


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This chapter discusses Lu Xun and Xu Guangping's family relationships. Xu Guangping was the less inhibited of the two in family matters, referring to both her own family members and his in her 1925 letters. Lu Xun only begins to discuss family matters with her in 1926, while she talks freely about her relatives' problems in Canton. In 1929, the main family references are to Lu Xun's mother and her feelings towards her. Remarks that are critical of family members were deleted or rewritten. The only critical remarks that were retained are about Lu Xun's sister-in-law, Hata Nobuko, but her identity was disguised. The revisions show that Lu Xun and Xu Guangping extend to relatives the same kind of personal space as they desire for themselves.

Keywords:   family relationships, Hata Nobuko, Lu Xun's family, Xu Guangping's family

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