Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

Author: C. Laughlin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403981337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 8293

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.

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

View: 2839

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

The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity

Author: Charles A. Laughlin

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082483125X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

View: 5850

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).

Chinese Revolution and Chinese Literature

Author: Tao Dongfeng,Rosemary Roberts,Yang Xiaobin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443810371

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 5004

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.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature

Author: Li-hua Ying

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810870819

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 494

View: 4769

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.

Saving the Nation

Economic Modernity in Republican China

Author: Margherita Zanasi

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226978745

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1339

Economic modernity is so closely associated with nationhood that it is impossible to imagine a modern state without an equally modern economy. Even so, most people would have difficulty defining a modern economy and its connection to nationhood. In Saving the Nation, Margherita Zanasi explores this connection by examining the first nation-building attempt in China after the fall of the empire in 1911. Challenging the assumption that nations are products of technological and socioeconomic forces, Zanasi argues that it was notions of what constituted a modern nation that led the Nationalist nation-builders to shape China’s institutions and economy. In their reform effort, they confronted several questions: What characterized a modern economy? What role would a modern economy play in the overall nation-building effort? And how could China pursue economic modernization while maintaining its distinctive identity? Zanasi expertly shows how these questions were negotiated and contested within the Nationalist Party. Silenced in the Mao years, these dilemmas are reemerging today as a new leadership once again redefines the economic foundation of the nation.

Configurations of the Real in Chinese Literary and Aesthetic Modernity

Author: Peter Button

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047424263

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

View: 3590

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.

Mapping Modernity in Shanghai

Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners' City, 1853-98

Author: Samuel Y. Liang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136974431

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

View: 6971

This book argues that modernity first arrived in late nineteenth-century Shanghai via a new spatial configuration. This city’s colonial capitalist development ruptured the traditional configuration of self-contained households, towns, and natural landscapes in a continuous spread, producing a new set of fragmented as well as fluid spaces. In this process, Chinese sojourners actively appropriated new concepts and technology rather than passively responding to Western influences. Liang maps the spatial and material existence of these transient people and reconstructs a cultural geography that spreads from the interior to the neighbourhood and public spaces. In this book the author: discusses the courtesan house as a surrogate home and analyzes its business, gender, and material configurations; examines a new type of residential neighbourhood and shows how its innovative spatial arrangements transformed the traditional social order and hierarchy; surveys a range of public spaces and highlights the mythic perceptions of industrial marvels, the adaptations of colonial spatial types, the emergence of an urban public, and the spatial fluidity between elites and masses. Through reading contemporaneous literary and visual sources, the book charts a hybrid modern development that stands in contrast to the positivist conception of modern progress. As such it will be a provocative read for scholars of Chinese cultural and architectural history.

Belief, History and the Individual in Modern Chinese Literary Culture

Author: Artur K. Wardega

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 8275

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.

Configurations of the Real in Chinese Literary and Aesthetic Modernity

Author: Peter Button

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004170952

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 7075

"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.

The Hypothetical Mandarin : Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain

Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain

Author: Eric Hayot Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Asian Studies Pennsylvania State University

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199700117

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 594

Why has the West for so long and in so many different ways expressed the idea that the Chinese have a special relationship to cruelty and to physical pain? What can the history of that idea and its expressions teach us about the politics of the West's contemporary relation to China? And what does it tell us about the philosophy of modernity? The Hypothetical Mandarin is, in some sense, a history of the Western imagination. It is also a history of the interactions between Enlightenment philosophy, of globalization, of human rights, and of the idea of the modern. Beginning with Bianchon and Rastignac's discussion of whether the former would, if he could, obtain a European fortune by killing a Chinese mandarin in Balzac's Le Pere Goriot (1835), the book traces a series of literary and historical examples in which Chinese life and European sympathy seem to hang in one another's balance. Hayots wide-ranging discussion draws on accounts of torture, on medical case studies, travelers tales, photographs, plasticized corpses, polemical broadsides, watercolors, and on oil paintings. His analyses show that the historical connection between sympathy and humanity, and indeed between sympathy and reality, has tended to refract with a remarkable frequency through the lens called "China," and why the story of the West's Chinese pain goes to the heart of the relation between language and the body and the social experience of the modern human being. Written in an ebullient prose, The Hypothetical Mandarin demonstrates how the network that intertwines China, sympathy, and modernity continues to shape the economic and human experience.

Globalization and the Making of Religious Modernity in China

Transnational Religions, Local Agents, and the Study of Religion, 1800-Present

Author: Thomas Jansen,Thoralf Klein,Christian Meyer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004271511

Category: Religion

Page: 436

View: 8603

Globalization and the Making of Religious Modernity in China investigates the transformation of China’s religious landscape under the impact of global influences through case studies covering the period from 1800 to the present.

Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics

Studies in Literature and Visual Culture

Author: Sheldon H. Lu

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831772

Category: Art

Page: 264

View: 7828

This is an interdisciplinary study of Chinese modernity in the context of globalisation from the late 19th century onwards. The text draws on Chinese literature, film, art, photography, and video to map the emergence of modern China in relation to the capitalist world-system in the economic, social, and political realms.

Chinese Reportage

The Aesthetics of Historical Experience

Author: Charles A. Laughlin

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822329718

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 334

View: 5256

DIVExplores the origins of Chinese reportage (journalism) in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and develops an understanding of the aesthetics that governed the creation of this literature./div

Cities surround the countryside

urban aesthetics in postsocialist China

Author: Robin Visser

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Category: Architecture

Page: 362

View: 7930

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.

Imagining Sisterhood in Modern Chinese Texts, 1890–1937

Author: Yun Zhu

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498536301

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

View: 4030

Through the lens of the discursive reconstruction and cultural reimagining of sisterhood, this book investigates the dynamic entanglements and contestations among women, nation, and Chinese modernity.

Corruption and realism in late socialist China

the return of the political novel

Author: Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr


Category: Political Science

Page: 289

View: 5109

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.

Dynastic Crisis and Cultural Innovation

From the Late Ming to the Late Qing and Beyond

Author: Dewei Wang,Wei Shang

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 620

View: 4753

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