In his 2020 nonfiction Tamen 她們, Yan Lianke conducted an introspection on rural women’s predicaments and the effaced female labor in the Great Leap Forward campaign (1958–1960). Yan argued that rural women, as the third sex in the PRC, suffered from dual exploitations both inside and outside the domestic space. His proposition of excrescence, in particular, unraveled the paradox that females and femininity were inclusively excluded and consequently suspended in the patriarchy-dominated writing about history. By depicting rural women’s disregarded talks-and-chats, life experiences, and social contributions, Yan reengaged the socialist history with a gender perspective, disclosed the amnesia scheme in the national narrative, and underscored the female subjectivity in history. Consequently, Yan’s enriching corrections to the whitewashed history can be seen as a historical-narrative rhizome in-formation that opens the prescribed gender discourse and connects females and femininity to other historical and narrative agencies.
|Title of host publication
|The Routledge Companion to Yan Lianke
|Riccardo Moratto, Howard Yuen Fung Choy
|Place of Publication
|Number of pages
|Published - 11 Mar 2022