Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 55 | 2019

A Journey into the City
Migrant Workers’ Relation with the Urban Space and Struggle for Existence in Xu Zechen’s Early jingpiao Fiction

Federico Picerni
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
federico.picerni@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/014

Submitted 13 Feb 2019
Accepted 20 Mar 2019

Abstract

In contemporary China, rural-urban migrants constitute a new urban subject with entirely new identity-related issues. This study aims at demonstrating how literature can be a valid field in investigating such evolving subjectivities, through an analysis of Xu Zechen’s early novellas depicting migrants’ vicissitudes in Beijing. Combining a close reading of the texts and a review of the main social problems characterising rural-urban migration in China, this paper focuses on the representation of the identity crisis within the migrant self in Xu’s stories, taking into account the network of meanings employed by the writer to signify the objective and subjective tension between the city and the countryside.

Keywords
Xu Zechen. Contemporary Chinese literature. Urban literature. Chinese rural-urban migrants. Identity.

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Picerni Federico

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A Journey into the City

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/014

dc.description.abstract

In contemporary China, rural-urban migrants constitute a new urban subject with entirely new identity-related issues. This study aims at demonstrating how literature can be a valid field in investigating such evolving subjectivities, through an analysis of Xu Zechen’s early novellas depicting migrants’ vicissitudes in Beijing. Combining a close reading of the texts and a review of the main social problems characterising rural-urban migration in China, this paper focuses on the representation of the identity crisis within the migrant self in Xu’s stories, taking into account the network of meanings employed by the writer to signify the objective and subjective tension between the city and the countryside.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-06-27

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2019-02-13

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2019-03-20

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Xu Zechen

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Contemporary Chinese literature

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Urban literature

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Chinese rural-urban migrants

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Identity

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