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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature / Edition 2

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Overview

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature has long been a definitive resource for Chinese literature in translation, offering a complete overview of twentieth-century writing from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and making inroads into the twenty-first century as well. In this new edition Joseph S. M. Lau and Howard Goldblatt have selected fresh works from familiar authors and have augmented the collection with poetry, stories from the colonial period in Taiwan, literature by Tibetan authors, samplings from the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution, stories by post-Mao authors Wang Anyi and Gao Xingjian, literature with a homosexual theme, and examples from the modern "cruel youth" movement. Lau and Goldblatt have also updated their notes and their biographies of featured writers and poets. Now fully up to date, this critical resource more than ever provides readers with a thorough introduction to Chinese society and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bloomsbury Review - Terry Hong

This anthology is a great introduction to some of the very best in Chinese language fiction, poetry, and essays.

Choice

This work is likely to remain the definitive survey for its field.

Voice Literary Supplement

Perhaps no one could be better suited to expanding the canonical limits than Lau and Goldblatt... this volume, with its Columbia label, its editors' stature, and its certifiable claim to be the first comprehensive anthology of its kind, cannot but achieve an instant authority.

New Asia Review

All the important modern writers are included... the overall quality of this volume is very high, making it easy to recommend this book for anyone interested in modern China and its development.

The Bloomsbury Review
This anthology is a great introduction to some of the very best in Chinese language fiction, poetry, and essays.

— Terry Hong

Choice

This work is likely to remain the definitive survey for its field.

Voice Literary Supplement
Perhaps no one could be better suited to expanding the canonical limits than Lau and Goldblatt. . . .This volume, with its Columbia label, its editors' stature, and its certifiable claim to be the first comprehensive anthology of kind, cannot but achieve an instant authority.
Booknews
This collection of 20th century Chinese literature offers short fiction, poetry, and essays from 1918 to the communist takeover in 1949, and from that period to the present. Selections from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong represent the defiant spirit of the pre- Mao years, the socialist tradition, and the creative expression that followed Mao's death. Includes biographical sketches of the writers, and an introduction outlining political and literary trends in China. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231138413
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Series: Modern Asian Literature Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 670,300
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph S. M. Lau is professor of Chinese Literature at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He is the editor of Chinese Stories from Taiwan and coeditor of Traditional Chinese Stories: Themes and Variationsand Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas: 1919-1949.Howard Goldblatt is professor of East Asian languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame and an internationally renowned translator. He has published English translations of more than thirty novels and short story collections and has authored many books on Chinese literature.

Columbia University Press

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