The Editor
ling Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Duke University. She is
the author ofThe Story
which won the Joseph Levenson Prize in 1994, and
Culture Fever:
Aesthetics, and Ideologies in
The Authors
Ge Fei (1964-) teaches Chinese literature at his alma mater, East China Normal
University, in Shanghai. His writing career began in 1986 with the publication of "Re-
membering Mr. Wu You." The most stylistically refined of all the avant-gardists, Ge
Fei is also known to be a writer who has the knack ofsubverting metaphysics through
fiction. Ge Fei is fond ofsummer thunderstorms and has spoken on many occasions
of his desire to re-create the subtle sensations those summer storms engraved on his
mind when he was little. Writing fiction offers him the possibility of revisiting those
haunting sites in his childhood memories. The motif of mnemonic return maps out
a fictional space where philosophical inquiry is indistinguishable from the pursuit of
the pure form of storytelling. Since the early 1990s, Ge Fei has been publishing full-
length novels.
Yu Hua (1960-) is a freelance writer in Beijing. Writing against conventions of all
sorts, he is one of the most "indecent" and controversial avant-gardists. Yu has de-
nounced the "real," as defined by realism, and gone in search of a fictional reality
that borders on total disorder. One of his obsessions is to deconstruct violence. His
meticulous efforts at peeling away the trappings ofhumanity and civilization result in
a frantic and radical experimentation, not only with the form ofnarration but with the
stories themselves. Arguing that his stories exhibit a world that has never been nar-
rated before, Yu Hua delivers some of the most improbable and shocking story lines
that Chinese readers have ever encountered.
Su Tong (1963-) is the best-known Chinese avant-garde writer in the West, thanks
to film director Zhang Yimou's adaptation of his novella Raise
Red Lantern and to
Howard Goldblatt's translation of his novel
Su Tong's stories have high enter-
tainment value because they are replete with the familiar ingredients of popular fic-
tion: history mixed with doses of mystery and sexual violence. His famous stories
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