Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

Author: C. Laughlin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403981337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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This book is a significant gathering of ideas on the subject of modern Chinese literature and culture of the past several years. The essays represent a wide spectrum of new approaches and new areas of subject matter that are changing the landscape of knowledge of modern and contemporary Chinese culture: women's literature, theatre (performance), film, graphic arts, popular literature, as well as literature of the Chinese diaspora. These phenomena and the approaches to them manifest interconnected trajectories for new scholarship in the field: the rewriting of literary history, the emergence of visual culture, and the quotidian apocalypse - the displacement of revolutionary romanticism and realism as central paradigms for cultural expression by the perspective of private, everyday experience.
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Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

Author: Charles A. Laughlin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781403967824

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 246

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This book is a significant gathering of ideas on the subject of modern Chinese literature and culture of the past several years. The essays represent a wide spectrum of new approaches and new areas of subject matter that are changing the landscape of knowledge of modern and contemporary Chinese culture: women's literature, theatre (performance), film, graphic arts, popular literature, as well as literature of the Chinese diaspora. These phenomena and the approaches to them manifest interconnected trajectories for new scholarship in the field: the rewriting of literary history, the emergence of visual culture, and the quotidian apocalypse - the displacement of revolutionary romanticism and realism as central paradigms for cultural expression by the perspective of private, everyday experience.
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From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature

Author: Yi Zheng

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557535760

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 148

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Yi Zheng's book From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature is brilliant, intellectually inventive, and morally serious. Zheng is a global comparatist at home in English studies and in Chinese studies. She structures her book by an argument about modernity and culture, taking the England around the French Revolution and China in the early twentieth century. In both Instances, the modern is registered and elaborated in an aesthelic practice of the sublime. Sublime textual discontinuities produce the psychic exaltation that defines the experience for readers. She locates moments of blockte, repetition, and fracture in the writings of Burke, Wordsworth, and Guo, and she relates these to both the mass and individual grandeurs that her topic also engages. Zheng's study captures the ambiguity of figures who run ahead of culture. taking risks both in life and art that bring them to the far edge, yet who do so in order to preserve values, as well as to transform them. The sublime has attracted some of the best minds in recent criticism and theory, and Zheng joins their company to strike fresh insights and constellate new patterns in a prose that is both taut and eloquent, This is a notably original work. ---Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh in this rare revisit of East-West comparative literature, Yi Zheng takes us beyond the convention of Influence study and tracks the parallel developments in European theories of the sublime (as formulated by Burke and Wordsworth) and in Guo Mouro's conceptualization of the sublime as a timely revolutionary spirit in early twentieth-century China. Attending equally to the aesthetics of the sublime and the historical conditions where differnt strands of theorization and creation arose in response to similar experiences of modernity, Zheng argues that the sublime possesses,) a special power in historical redirection and may thus serve as an aesthetic redemption of history. With its capacious and yet destructive force, the sublime endows literary agency and enables a modern Chinese writer like Guo (1892-1978) to create a new poetic form and a new poetic spirit at the same time, Examined through a comparative lens, the sublime proves to be eminently translatable across space and time, merging diverse cultural traditions, and generating new poetic persoane. Zheng's From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature is outstanding scholarship and sheds new light on modern Chinese and European literature and culture study. The book is an exciting addition to Purdue's series of books in Comparative Cultural Studies.---Yingjin Zhang, University of California San Diego
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The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity

Author: Charles A. Laughlin

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082483125X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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The Chinese essay is arguably China's distinctive contribution to modern world literature. This book examines the essay both as a practiced and influential genre of literary expression and as an important counter-discourse to the revolutionary tradition of New Literature (especially realistic fiction).
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Chinese Revolution and Chinese Literature

Author: Tao Dongfeng,Rosemary Roberts,Yang Xiaobin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443810371

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

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This volume has brought together essays to explore, analyse and interpret the revolutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature over the past century from various angles. The authors examines the bodily or carnal dimension, especially the hidden implication of sexual passion, in revolutionary literature, formulate feminist critiques of the conception of women in literary expressions of revolution, explore the function of revolution as historical discourse and in historiographical representation, and discuss the reworking of “revolutionary classics” in recent literary and artistic endeavours. Here, revolution (in history and in literature) is conceptualized neither as an unquestionably progressive and creative force for a new world, nor an absolutely pejorative concept that necessarily leads to sociopolitical turmoil and tragedy. Insofar as “postrevolutionary writings” cannot but reappropriate the revolutionary spirit as their unavoidable and inseparable traumatic kernel, studies in revolutionary literature and culture, too, go through the zigzag experience of revolution in order to scrutinize its complex implications.
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Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature

Author: Li-hua Ying

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810870819

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 494

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Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature in modern China. This book offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historical developments, trends, genres, and concepts that played a central role in the evolution of modern Chinese literature.
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Visions of Dystopia in China’s New Historical Novels

Author: Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231532296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and many Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Mo Yan, Han Shaogong, Ge Fei, Li Rui, and Zhang Wei skew and scramble common conceptions of China's modern development, deploying avant-garde narrative techniques from Latin American and Euro-American modernism to project a surprisingly "un-Chinese" dystopian vision and critical view of human culture and ethics. The epic narratives of modern Chinese fiction make rich use of magical realism, surrealism, and unusual treatments of historical time. Also featuring graphic depictions of sex and violence, as well as dark, raunchy comedy, these novels reflect China's recent history re-presenting the overthrow of the monarchy in the early twentieth century and the resulting chaos of revolution and war; the recurring miseries perpetrated by class warfare during the dictatorship of Mao Zedong; and the social dislocations caused by China's industrialization and rise as a global power. This book casts China's highbrow historical novels from the late 1980s to the first decade of the twenty-first century as a distinctively Chinese contribution to the form of the global dystopian novel and, consequently, to global thinking about the interrelations of utopia and dystopia.
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Belief, History and the Individual in Modern Chinese Literary Culture

Author: Artur K. Wardega

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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A value system in constant change; a longing for stability amid uncertainties about the future; a new consciousness about the unlimited challenges and aspirations in modern life: these are themes in modern Chinese literature that attract the attention of overseas readers as well as its domestic audience. They also provide Chinese and foreign literary researchers with complex questions about human life and achievements that search beyond national identities for global interaction and exchange. This volume presents ten outstanding essays by Chinese and European scholars who have undertaken such exchange for the purpose of examining the individual and society in modern Chinese literature.
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Configurations of the Real in Chinese Literary and Aesthetic Modernity

Author: Peter Button

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004170952

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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"Tracing the formation of the modern concept of literature in 20th century China, this book examines the emergence of the Chinese socialist realist novel in relation to the literary and philosophical currents globalized in the wake of capitalist modernity"--Provided by publisher.
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Cities surround the countryside

urban aesthetics in postsocialist China

Author: Robin Visser

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 362

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Assesses the cultural impact of China's unprecedented level of urbanization by looking at urban planning, architecture, and cultural debates as well as film and fiction relevant to urbanization.
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Dynastic Crisis and Cultural Innovation

From the Late Ming to the Late Qing and Beyond

Author: Dewei Wang,Wei Shang

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 620

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'Dynastic Crisis and Cultural Innovation' addresses cultural and literary transformation in the late Ming (1550-1644) and late Qing (1851-1911) eras.
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Corruption and realism in late socialist China

the return of the political novel

Author: Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

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The first analysis in any language of China's recent epic novels about official corruption, this book explores how Chinese authors treat the theme of official malfeasance in mass-market thrillers, how those works reflect modern life, and how they approach the taboo subject of regime change.
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The Encyclopedia of the Novel

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111877907X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1024

View: 8166

Now available in a single volume paperback, this advanced reference resource for the novel and novel theory offers authoritative accounts of the history, terminology, and genre of the novel, in over 140 articles of 500-7,000 words. Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, narrative structure and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems, such as definitions of the novel; book history; and the novel's relationship to other arts and disciplines. The Encyclopedia is arranged in A-Z format and features entries from an international cast of over 140 scholars, overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field, making this the most authoritative reference resource available on the novel. This essential reference, now available in an easy-to-use, fully indexed single volume paperback, will be a vital addition to the libraries of literature students and scholars everywhere.
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East Asia Cultures Critique

Author: HighWire Press

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: East Asia

Page: N.A

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Humanities

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education, Humanistic

Page: N.A

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Modern Women in China and Japan

Gender, Feminism and Global Modernity Between the Wars

Author: Katrina Gulliver

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857721356

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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At the dawn of the 1930s a new empowered and liberated image of the female was taking root in popular culture in the West. This ‘modern woman’ archetype was also penetrating into Eastern cultures, challenging the Chinese and Japanese historical norm of the woman as homemaker, servant or geisha. Katrina Gulliver explores the creation of this disputed figure in China and Japan. Beginning with an exposition on the work of Pearl S. Buck, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for her best-selling novel Good Earth set in a quasi-mythical rural China, this study unravels the close interplay between Chinese, Japanese and Western gender stereotypes. While nominally the result of changing attitudes towards traditional gender roles, the modern woman was also a symbol of a new type of nationalism in the Far East, one which encompassed a threatening ‘Western’ modernity. Through the writings of eight indigenous and ‘foreign’ authors Gulliver analyses discourses of feminism, modernity and ‘otherness’ in the context of social and political change in the Pacific Region. By placing the women discussed within their contested contextual space, Gulliver is able to analytically dissect the contradictions and dichotomies at the heart of the ‘modern woman’ discourse in China, Japan and the West, as well as the relationships between social, gender-specific and historical trends. This volume includes close textual readings of the work of Pearl S. Buck, Sophia Chen Zen and Uno Chiyo amongst others, as well as perceptive analyses of the fashion, music and popular culture of the twenties and thirties in China and the Far East. The Modern Woman in China and Japan will appeal to historians and scholars of gender, as well as those studying Asian and American literature.
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Writing Taiwan

A New Literary History

Author: David Der-wei Wang,Carlos Rojas

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082238857X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 424

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Writing Taiwan is the first volume in English to examine the entire span of modern Taiwan literature, from the first decades of the twentieth century to the present. In this collection, leading literary scholars based in Taiwan and the United States consider prominent Taiwanese authors and works in genres including poetry, travel writing, and realist, modernist, and postmodern fiction. The diversity of Taiwan literature is signaled by the range of authors treated, including Yang Chichang, who studied Japanese literature in Tokyo in the early 1930s and wrote all of his own poetry and fiction in Japanese; Li Yongping, an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia and educated in Taiwan and the United States; and Liu Daren, who was born in mainland China and effectively exiled from Taiwan in the 1970s on account of his political activism. Because the island of Taiwan spent the first half of the century as a colony of Japan and the second half in an umbilical relationship to China, its literature challenges basic assumptions about what constitutes a “national literature.” Several contributors directly address the methodological and epistemological issues involved in writing about “Taiwan literature.” Other contributors investigate the cultural and political grounds from which specific genres and literary movements emerged. Still others explore themes of history and memory in Taiwan literature and tropes of space and geography, looking at representations of boundaries as well as the boundary-crossing global flows of commodities and capital. Like Taiwan’s history, modern Taiwan literature is rife with conflicting legacies and impulses. Writing Taiwan reveals a sense of its richness and diversity to English-language readers. Contributors. Yomi Braester, Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Fangming Chen, Lingchei Letty Chen, Chaoyang Liao, Ping-hui Liao, Joyce C. H. Liu, Kim-chu Ng, Carlos Rojas, Xiaobing Tang, Ban Wang, David Der-wei Wang, Gang Gary Xu, Michelle Yeh, Fenghuang Ying
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