Incriminated Writers and Their Wives : Gendered Memory and Oral History of Mao’s Campaign Years

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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TitleMemory Studies Association 7th Annual Conference (MSA 2023)
LocationNewcastle University
PlaceUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle
Period3 - 7 July 2023

Abstract

The primary source of this study is 110 interviews concerning two interrelated political campaigns operated by the Chinese Communist Party: the Yan'an Rectification Movement (1942-1944) and the Anti-Hu Feng Counterrevolutionary Clique Movement (1955- 1956). Both campaigns and the long incrimination of their respective central figures-Wang Shiwei (1906-1947) and Hu Feng (1902-1985)-have had a lasting impact on Chinese intellectuals and generated (auto)biographies, memoirs, and critical and scholarly writings. However, since the 1980s, victimized poets and writers managed to publish again, but the stories of their wives remained obscured and marginalized for years. Do the wives' memories matter? Where should we place their testimonies? Suppose memory can be inflected or shaped by gender-how can this pervasive social distinction be used to interpret personal and collective memory and achieve history writing on diverse platforms?

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Incriminated Writers and Their Wives: Gendered Memory and Oral History of Mao’s Campaign Years. / Wei, S. Louisa.
2023. Paper presented at Memory Studies Association 7th Annual Conference (MSA 2023), Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Research output: Conference PapersRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (without host publication)peer-review