Stèles

Stèles

by Victor Segalen
     
 

Victor Segalen has come to be widely recognized in recent years as one of the luminaries of French modernism. Trained as a surgeon and Chinese interpreter, he wrote prolifically in a variety of genres. With this highly original collection of prose poems in French and Chinese, Segalen invented a new genre-the "stele-poem"-in imitation of the tall stone tablets with… See more details below

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Victor Segalen has come to be widely recognized in recent years as one of the luminaries of French modernism. Trained as a surgeon and Chinese interpreter, he wrote prolifically in a variety of genres. With this highly original collection of prose poems in French and Chinese, Segalen invented a new genre-the "stele-poem"-in imitation of the tall stone tablets with formal inscriptions that he saw in China. His wry persona declaims these inscriptions like an emperor struggling to command his personal empire, drawing from a vast range of Chinese texts to explore themes of friendship, love, desire, gender roles, violence, exoticism, otherness, and selfhood. The result is a linguistically and culturally hybrid modernist poetics that is often ironic and at times haunting. Segalen's bilingual masterwork is presented here fully translated, in the most extensively annotated critical edition ever produced. It includes unpublished manuscript material, newly identified sources, commentaries on the Chinese, and a facsimile of the original edition as printed in Beijing in 1914. Volume 2 of this work is available online at www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/segalen2 and www.steles.org.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568328
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
Bilingual Chinese-English ed.
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Haun Saussy     xi
Introduction     1
Steles     46
Preface     53
Contents     67
The Poems     71
Afterword: "Explanation of the Edition"     259
Steles at a Glance     265
Critical Notes     285
Bibliography     401
About the Authors     417

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