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“Ma Yuan’s Narrative Trick” and the Fictionality in Contemporary Chinese Avant-Garde Fiction

Jiang Yuqin

After the publication of Ma Yuan’s short fiction of “The Fictional” in 1986, “Ma Yuan’s narrative trick” is designated by sensitive critics to those that deploy entirely different literary narrative strategy from the conventionals. Since then, “Ma Yuan’s narrative trick” becomes a proper noun that refers to the artistic form of contemporary avant-garde fiction. At present, the phrase “Ma Yuan’s narrative trick” is dignified as a theoretical term and concept. Nonetheless, no one has ever discussed it so far. The author of the present essay will discuss it by a brief survey of its origin and development from a perspective of fictionality. And this is also an elaboration of the terminology employed in Chinese contemporary avant-garde fiction.