1st Edition

Lu Xun and Russia

By Sun Yu Copyright 2025
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    Based on Lu Xun's works and book collections, this book explores the significant influence of Russian literature, art, and thinking on Lu Xun's thoughts and works.

    Through the analysis of rich historical materials and literary texts, this book shows the profound influence of Russian literary and artistic resources on Chinese writers, especially on Lu Xun. It delves into Lu Xun's literary and translation concepts, as well as his intellectual and aesthetic views, all of which bear the imprint of Russian culture. The author closely examines notable themes in his works, including nationality, class, the avant-garde, and cosmopolitanism, which offer insight into his overarching historical vision and provide a glimpse into the era. Unlike previous studies of the influence of Russian literature, this book delves deeper into literary history by examining intellectual history without adhering to a pan-ideological point of view. Through the lens of cultural history, it also illuminates the cultural landscape of modern China, unraveling the intellectual ideas and debates of the twentieth century and the emergence of Chinese left-wing literature.

    The title will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers interested in Lu Xun studies, modern Chinese literature, and Chinese culture.

    1. The Issue of Russia  2. Russian Literature in the Japanese Context  3. On the Inter-connection between Germany and Russia  4. A Visual Russia  5. The Legacy of Gogol 6. Vasili Eroshenko’s Dream  7. From Garshin to Artsybashev  8. Dostoevsky’s Legacy  9. Facing Leninism  10. Encounter with Anton Chekhov  11. Reading Gorky  12. Marxist Critique Perspective  13. The Desire for “The End”


    Sun Yu is a professor at the School of Literature, Renmin University of China and served as the President of the Chinese Lu Xun Research Association. His research is primarily centered on Chinese modern literature and culture, with a particular focus on the works and influence of Lu Xun and other modern Chinese writers.