Discussion questions for "Young Master Gets His Tonic"

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Dear all,


Below are some questions for our Monday's reading "Young Master Gets His Tonic":



What is the role of Guanguan as the first-person narrator in this story? Does he remind you of any character in our previous readings/films?


How is the urban space of Shanghai represented in this story? As “the central point of infection of the disease affecting all China”? Or a center of colonial modernity and political activism? A psychologized and feminine space?


How is rural China represented? A “barbarous, boring place”? Or a redeeming force of urban evils?


How is the rural/urban spatial dynamic mapped out through metaphors of animal/human body, illness and fluid?


Have a good weekend,