Vietnamese Colonial Republican: The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung

Vietnamese Colonial Republican: The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung

by Peter Zinoman

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This volume is a comprehensive study of Vietnam’s greatest and most controversial 20th century writer who died tragically in 1939 at the age of 28. Vu Trong Phung is known for a remarkable collection of politically provocative novels and sensational works of non-fiction reportage that were banned by the communist state from 1960 to 1986. Leading Vietnam scholar, Zinoman, resurrects the life and work of an important intellectual and author in order to reveal a neglected political project that is excluded from conventional accounts of modern Vietnamese political history. He sees Vu Trong Phung as a leading proponent of a localized republican tradition that opposed colonialism, communism, and unfettered capitalism—and that led both to the banning of his work and to the durability of his popular appeal in Vietnam today.

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ISBN-13: 9780520276284
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/16/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Zinoman is Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; author of The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 (UC Press, 2001); and cotranslator of Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phung.

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1. Sources of Vu Trong Phung’s Colonial Republicanism

2. Capitalism and Social Reform

3. The Question of Communism

4. The Crisis of Vietnamese Sexuality

5. Banning Vu Trong Phung





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