Chinese Literature In The Second Half Of A Modern Century

Chinese Literature In The Second Half Of A Modern Century

by Pang-Yuan Chi, David Der wei Wang
     
 

"... an important contribution to the study of recent Chinese literature." — Choice

"This fine, scholarly survey of Chinese literature since 1949... discusses such trends as modernism, nativism, realism, root-seeking and 'scar' literature, 'misty' poets, and political, feminist, and societal issues in modern Chinese literature." —Library Journal

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"... an important contribution to the study of recent Chinese literature." — Choice

"This fine, scholarly survey of Chinese literature since 1949... discusses such trends as modernism, nativism, realism, root-seeking and 'scar' literature, 'misty' poets, and political, feminist, and societal issues in modern Chinese literature." —Library Journal

This volume is a survey of modern Chinese literature in the second half of the twentieth century. It has three goals: (1) to introduce figures, works, movements, and debates that constitute the dynamics of Chinese literature from 1949 to the end of the century; (2) to depict the enunciative endeavors, ranging from ideological treatises to avant-garde experiments, that inform the polyphonic discourse of Chinese cultural politics; (3) to observe the historical factors that enacted the interplay of literary (post)modernities across the Chinese communities in the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
"This book is the result of an unprecedented conference, participated in by writers and scholars from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, Europe, and mainland China, and held in Taipei in 1993. The 15 critical essays survey modern Chinese literature by writers on the China mainland, in Hong Kong, on Taiwan, and overseas, spanning the second half of the 20th century. The final essay, a comprehensive bibliographic survey of publications on Chinese literature in translation from 1949 to 1999, complete with a long list of translations, is a very important reference document, particularly for those who do not read Chinese. Wang (Columbia Univ.) wrote the introduction, which amounts to a short history of Chinese literature of this period. The contents of the book are up-to-date and make an important contribution to the study of recent Chinese literature. Recommended for libraries with collections in modern Chinese literature and comparative literature. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —Y. L. Walls, Simon Fraser University, Choice, July 2001

— Y. L. Walls, Simon Fraser University

Choice - Y. L. Walls

"This book is the result of an unprecedented conference, participated in by writers and scholars from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, Europe, and mainland China, and held in Taipei in 1993. The 15 critical essays survey modern Chinese literature by writers on the China mainland, in Hong Kong, on Taiwan, and overseas, spanning the second half of the 20th century. The final essay, a comprehensive bibliographic survey of publications on Chinese literature in translation from 1949 to 1999, complete with a long list of translations, is a very important reference document, particularly for those who do not read Chinese. Wang (Columbia Univ.) wrote the introduction, which amounts to a short history of Chinese literature of this period. The contents of the book are up-to-date and make an important contribution to the study of recent Chinese literature. Recommended for libraries with collections in modern Chinese literature and comparative literature. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —Y. L. Walls, Simon Fraser University, Choice, July 2001

From the Publisher

"This book is the result of an unprecedented conference, participated in by writers and scholars from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, Europe, and mainland China, and held in Taipei in 1993. The 15 critical essays survey modern Chinese literature by writers on the China mainland, in Hong Kong, on Taiwan, and overseas, spanning the second half of the 20th century. The final essay, a comprehensive bibliographic survey of publications on Chinese literature in translation from 1949 to 1999, complete with a long list of translations, is a very important reference document, particularly for those who do not read Chinese. Wang (Columbia Univ.) wrote the introduction, which amounts to a short history of Chinese literature of this period. The contents of the book are up-to-date and make an important contribution to the study of recent Chinese literature. Recommended for libraries with collections in modern Chinese literature and comparative literature. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —Y. L. Walls, Simon Fraser University, Choice, July 2001

Library Journal
This fine, scholarly survey of Chinese literature since 1949, which includes 15 chapters by various authors on the literature of Taiwan, mainland China, and Hong Kong, discusses such trends as modernism, nativism, realism, root-seeking and "scar" literature, "misty" poets, and political, feminist, and societal issues in modern Chinese literature. All the chapters are thoroughly endnoted and extremely well translated when originally written in Chinese, as most are. A long introduction by Wang (Chinese literature and East Asian languages and culture, Columbia Univ.) gives an excellent overview, while a useful and thorough appendix by Jeffrey C. Kinkley discusses publications of these works in other languages and concludes with a list of publishers of such well-known authors as Ai Bei, Bei Dao, Eileen Chang, Feng Jicai, Mo Yan, Wang Anyi, and Xi Xi, among many others. Many anthologies and studies of modern Chinese literature are also included. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253337108
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Pang-yuan Chi was born in Manchuria and came to Taiwan in 1947; she is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at National Taiwan University, and Editor-in-Chief of The Chinese PEN Quarterly. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University and a Visiting Scholar at the Freie Universitat, Berlin. Her works include An Anthology of Contemporary Literature, Qiannian zhilei (Tears of a Thousand Years) and Wu jianjian sanle de shihou (When the fog is clearing up).

David Der-wei Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught at National Taiwan University and Harvard University and is now Professor of Chinese Literature and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Columbia University. His recent publications include Fictional Realism in 20th Century China: Mao Dun, Lao She, Shen Congwen, Xiaoshuo zhongguo (Narrating China, Ruhexiandai, Zeyang wenxue (The Making of the Modern, the Making of a Literature), and Fin-de-siecle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849-1911.

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