Mother, Desire and Oppression Reading Chinese Modernization in Han Song’s Tuomu

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Yimin XU


In this paper, I analyse the theme of mother-son incest in a contemporary Chinese science fiction story “Cutting Ties with Mothers (Tuomu)” by Han Song (b. 1965), one of the giants of contemporary Chinese science fiction. With a gendered perspective, I decode implications behind the mother-son incest in the story. I argue this theme serves as a gender metaphor to delineate the power contestation between a male self and a feminized Chinese state. It also sheds light on a male individual’s mental dilemma in contemporary Chinese modernization.


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XU, Y. “Mother, Desire and Oppression: Reading Chinese Modernization in Han Song’s Tuomu”. Literature and Modern China, vol. 3, no. 1, June 2024, doi:10.54591/GGDA9738.


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