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Seminar: From Ah Q to Lei Feng - Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China
Date: 26 October 2011 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following seminar:

From Ah Q to Lei Feng - Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China

Professor Wendy Larson
University of Oregon

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2011
Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Venue: Room 167, Main Building.
Language: English

Wendy Larson is Professor of Chinese Literature and Film at the University of Oregon. Her books include From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China (Stanford UP 2009); Women and Writing in Modern China (Stanford UP 1998); and Literary Authority and the Modern Chinese Writer:  Ambivalence and Autobiography (Duke UP 1991). Her present research is on national culture on the global stage, focusing on films directed by Zhang Yimou.

Some early 20th century Chinese intellectuals imagined that the new Freudian psychology, with its radical theories of the mind, could transform traditional concepts, at the time perceived as negative and typified by Lu Xun’s fictional character Ah Q. Others criticized Freud for his pan-sexualism and developed competing theories of a mentality crafted through relationships, understood as social position, and motivated by passionate emotional engagement. This quality, later called ‘revolutionary spirit’, was embodied in the worker-icon Lei Feng. Over the course of the 20th century, from Ah Q to Lei Feng, the qualities of the ideal modern mind were a topic of fervent debate, active policy formation, and intense investigation through art, literature, and film.


Please contact Dr. Adelyn Lim ( or Ms Christy Ho ( should there be any questions.

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