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ERIC Number: EJ961505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
"Three Days to Walk": A Personal Story of Life Writing and Disability Consciousness in China
Dauncey, Sarah
Disability & Society, v27 n3 p311-323 2012
Through a close reading of Three Days to Walk, a memoir of disability by Chinese writer Zhang Yuncheng, this paper develops a new understanding of self-narrated life writing and its intersection with disability consciousness in the contemporary Chinese context. It examines the changing nature of disability life writing since the end of the early 1980s, a time when the images and voices of disabled began to emerge from effective cultural invisibility and silence. In a move away from state-sponsored "triumph over tragedy" biographical narratives typical of the immediate post-Cultural Revolution period, "Three Days to Walk" is characteristic of a new popular trend to publish self-narrated life stories that reveal unique and intimate histories of disability experience both imbued with and propelled by a burgeoning sense of disability consciousness in the Chinese context. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China