From May Fourth To June Fourth / Edition 1

From May Fourth To June Fourth / Edition 1

by Ellen Widmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674325028

ISBN-13: 9780674325029

Pub. Date: 06/01/1993

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What do the Chinese literature and film inspired by the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) have in common with the Chinese literature and film of the May Fourth movement (1918-1930)? This new book demonstrates that these two periods of the highest literary and cinematic creativity in twentieth-century China share several aims: to liberate these narrative arts from

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What do the Chinese literature and film inspired by the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) have in common with the Chinese literature and film of the May Fourth movement (1918-1930)? This new book demonstrates that these two periods of the highest literary and cinematic creativity in twentieth-century China share several aims: to liberate these narrative arts from previous aesthetic orthodoxies, to draw on foreign sources for inspiration, and to free individuals from social conformity.

Although these consistencies seem readily apparent, with a sharper focus the distinguished contributors to this volume reveal that in many ways discontinuity, not continuity, prevails. Their analysis illuminates the powerful meeting place of language, imagery, and narrative with politics, history, and ideology in twentieth-century China.

Drawing on a wide range of methodologies, from formal analysis to feminist criticism, from deconstruction to cultural critique, the authors demonstrate that the scholarship of modern Chinese literature and film has become integral to contemporary critical discourse. They respond to Eurocentric theories, but their ultimate concern is literature and film in China's unique historical context. The volume illustrates three general issues preoccupying this century's scholars: the conflict of the rural search for roots and the native soil movement versus the new strains of urban exoticism; the diacritics of voice, narrative mode, and intertextuality; and the reintroduction of issues surrounding gender and subjectivity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674325029
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Harvard Contemporary China Series, #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
ICountry and City
1Visitation of the Past in Han Shaogong's Post-1985 Fiction19
2Past, Present, and Future in Mo Yan's Fiction of the 1980s43
3Shen Congwen's Legacy in Chinese Literature of the 1980s71
4Imaginary Nostalgia: Shen Congwen, Song Zelai, Mo Yan, and Li Yongping107
5Urban Exoticism in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature133
IISubjectivity and Gender
6Text, Intertext, and the Representation of the Writing Self in Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, and Wang Meng167
7Invention and Intervention: The Making of a Female Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature194
8Living in Sin: From May Fourth via the Antirightist Movement to the Present221
IIINarrative Voice and Cinematic Vision
9Lu Xun's Facetious Muse: The Creative Imperative in Modern Chinese Fiction249
10Lives in Profile: On the Authorial Voice in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature269
11Melodramatic Representation and the "May Fourth" Tradition of Chinese Cinema295
12Male Narcissism and National Culture: Subjectivity in Chen Kaige's King of the Children327
Afterword: Reflections on Change and Continuity in Modern Chinese Fiction361
Notes385
Contributors433

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