Modern Monsters: Death and Life of Fiction

Taowu, a mythological Chinese monster symbolizing ignorance, has been
revived recently by historians and writers to illustrate the violent arc of Chinese
utopian modernity. Taowu brings unheard of evils and sufferings to man,
undermining humanity in favor of financial gain. This publication, generated
by a monumental exhibition at the 2012 Taipei Biennial, and curated by
noted cultural critic Anselm Franke, uses this mythological Chinese figure as
the starting point for a series of essays addressing the current crisis. Modern
Monsters functions as a conceptual and theoretical reader in conversation
with the exhibition and deeply controversial subject. Comprised of 23 essays
the book includes original contributions from the curators and editors Anselm
Franke and Brian Kuan Wood along with Taiwanese literary historian David
Der-Wei Wang. Other contributors are Nabil Ahmed, Eric Baudelaire, Chen
Chieh-Jen Li, Hu Fang, Mark Fisher, James T. Hong, Henri Lefebvre, Masao
Matsuda, Ian Svenonius, Sophie Wahnich and many more.

Text: Kuan Wood Brian, Franke Anselm. cm 18×26; pp. 300; 100 BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Spector Books, Leipzig, 2014.

ISBN: 9783944669564| 3944669568
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Taowu, a mythological Chinese monster symbolizing ignorance, has been
revived recently by historians and writers to illustrate the violent arc of Chinese
utopian modernity. Taowu brings unheard of evils and sufferings to man,
undermining humanity in favor of financial gain. This publication, generated
by a monumental exhibition at the 2012 Taipei Biennial, and curated by
noted cultural critic Anselm Franke, uses this mythological Chinese figure as
the starting point for a series of essays addressing the current crisis. Modern
Monsters functions as a conceptual and theoretical reader in conversation
with the exhibition and deeply controversial subject. Comprised of 23 essays
the book includes original contributions from the curators and editors Anselm
Franke and Brian Kuan Wood along with Taiwanese literary historian David
Der-Wei Wang. Other contributors are Nabil Ahmed, Eric Baudelaire, Chen
Chieh-Jen Li, Hu Fang, Mark Fisher, James T. Hong, Henri Lefebvre, Masao
Matsuda, Ian Svenonius, Sophie Wahnich and many more.

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