The Boxer Rebellion images in Chinese Fiction

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Leading Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Chinese Culture
Affiliation: Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameProblemy Dalnego Vostoka
EditionIssue 5

The paper investigates the topic of the Boxers Rebellion (1898–1901) in the Chinese literature, as in late Qing novels, as in contemporary literature. In particular, "The tanci of the national calamity of 1900" (1901) written by Li Baojia, “Sea of Woe” (1906) by Wu Woyao, “Divine fist” (1963) by Lao She and several novels by Feng Jicai are analyzed in order to trace different approaches to the Boxers, to the Imperial Court and to the foreign armies and international military intervention.

Feng Jicai`s first historical novels, in particular “Yihequan” (1977, co-written with Li Dingxing) and “The Miraculous Lamp” (1979) are focused on the Boxers rebellion in Tianjin, they represent the concept of public revenge as upholding of moral justice. His story “The Miraculous Braid” though describes magical beliefs as the core of the Boxers ideology. The last novel, “Monocular Telescope” (2018) also describes events in Tianjin that have been occurred during the Boxers rebellion, but it is very different from the previous two. It can be treated as an example of Sino-western cultural clash.

KeywordsThe Boxers Rebellion, Chinese literature, Li Baojia, Wu Woyao, Lao She, Feng Jicai
Publication date07.11.2020
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