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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern China


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The correspondence between Lu Xun (1881–1936), modern China's greatest writer, and Xu Guangping (1897–1968), his former student and his partner from 1927 to the end of his life, gives a unique insight into their private lives: how they felt about current events, about life in general, about themselves, and about each other. This book is about their intimate lives and their search for privacy as revealed in their published and unpublished letters. Part I relates the story of how Lu Xun and Xu Guangping became a couple. Part II begins with a general survey of letters, imagined letters, and love-letters in China and in the West. Part III examines the ‘personal space’ created by the deletions, recensions, retentions, and additions to Letters between Two in regard to its vocabulary, and relates it to the functions and values of privacy as defined in English-language studies.

Keywords:   letters, Lu Xun, Xu Guangping, privacy, love letters

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