Literary Societies of Republican China

Literary Societies of Republican China

by Michel Hockx, Kirk A. Denton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739119346

ISBN-13: 9780739119341

Pub. Date: 06/27/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

Literary Societies in Republican China provides a new and comprehensive perspective on the fascinating literary world of the most turbulent period in recent Chinese history: the Republican era of 1911-1949. Wedged between the fall of the Empire and the founding of the Communist state, the Republican period witnessed enormous social, political, and cultural

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Literary Societies in Republican China provides a new and comprehensive perspective on the fascinating literary world of the most turbulent period in recent Chinese history: the Republican era of 1911-1949. Wedged between the fall of the Empire and the founding of the Communist state, the Republican period witnessed enormous social, political, and cultural changes. Traditionally the period is seen as one of transition: from the country being partially colonized and occupied to being an independent nation-state, from Confucianism to socialism, from writing in classical Chinese to writing in the everyday vernacular. Modern scholarship, however, has become suspicious of such attempts to analyze history, including cultural history, as a journey from A to B via C. Instead, attention has turned to the 'thick description' of complex historical phenomena without worrying about whether or not they fit into some neat linear scheme. Inevitably, such scholarship benefits from collaboration and teamwork, from the juxtaposition of different insights and different materials in order to gain in overall breadth. Literary Societies in Republican China represents such teamwork and such breadth. The thirteen essays by eleven scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia present detailed discussions of particular literary groups active on the Republican-era literary scene. Some of these groups are familiar representatives of what used to be considered the 'mainstream,' while others represent literary styles that have hitherto been considered 'marginal' or that have been ignored altogether. Each of the essays in this volume looks in detail at literary societies both as producers of literary views and texts and as organizations with sometimes very complex social structures. The result is a unique blend of literary, cultural, and social history, unrivalled in any English-language scholarship on China to date.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739119341
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/27/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
602
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Contested Fengya: Classical-style Poetry Clubs in Early Republican China Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Mandarin Duck and Butterfly School Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Chinese Literary Association (Wenxue yanjiu hui) Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Creation Society (1921-1930) Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Reconsidering Xueheng: Neo-Conservatism in Early Republican China Chapter 7 Chapter 6: The Yusi Society Chapter 8 Chapter 7: The Analects Group and the Genre of Xiaopin Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Tian Han and the Southern Society Phenomenon: Networking the Personal, Communal, and Cultural Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Lions and Tigers in Groups: The Crescent Moon School in Modern Chinese Literary History Chapter 11 Chapter 10: A Literary Organization with a Clear Political Agenda: The Chinese League of Leftwing Writers, 1930-1936 Chapter 12 Chapter 11: Yuefeng: A Literati Journal of the 1930s Chapter 13 Chapter 12: The All-China Resistance Association of Writers and Artists Chapter 14 Chapter 13: The Hu Feng Group: Genealogy of a Literary School

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