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

Wendy Larson


When Freudian sexual theory hit China in the early twentieth century, it ran up against competing models of the mind from both Chinese tradition and the new revolutionary culture. Chinese theorists of the mind—both traditional intellectuals and revolutionary psychologists—steadily put forward the anti-Freud: a mind shaped not by deep interiority that must be excavated by professionals, but shaped instead by social and cultural interactions. Chinese novelists and film directors understood this focus and its relationship to Mao Zedong's revolutionary ethos, and much of the literature of twentiet ... More

Keywords: sexual theory, China, twentieth century, mind, psychologists, novelists, filmmakers, Mao Zedong, Sigmund Freud, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804700757
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804700757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Larson, author